Travel Report: Xi Dong Bridge, Taishun County.
Xi Dong Bridge Taishun County.
November 2017. Many of Taishun County’s ancient, wooden bridges are located in deep, rural countryside. In most cases you’ll need a car to get anywhere near them. However, there are a few that are easily accessible by foot from Sixi Town. Take Xi Dong Bridge, for example. Just walk down the main shopping street by the lake and you literally can’t miss it.
Built in 1570, refurbished in 1745 and remodeled to its current form in 1827, Xi Dong Bridge towers dramatically over the town stream. Once you’ve got your exterior shots, take a stroll through its curved walkway and get a few of those old floorboards creaking.
Xi Dong Bridge, Taishun County.
The interior boasts some evocative, albeit faded paintings, such as these fearsome creatures with the body of a horse/unicorn and the head of a dragon.
Lean over one of Xi Dong’s window arches for gorgeous stream views.
Xi Dong Bridge is one of two bridges in Sixi Town. its sister structure, Beijian Bridge, is considered by many to be the most beautiful bridge in all of Taishun County.
While you’re at Xi Dong Bridge, you might as well pop your head inside the Waterside Palace. This 15th century residence overlooks both the bridge and the stream. Today it’s a small, Chinese language only museum that details Sixi Town’s long history. Entry is free.
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