The Dong are one of 56 ethnic minority groups living in China. The Dong people live in isolated villages in the Chinese provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou, and Guangxi.
Rain and Wind Bridges – a unique creation of Dong carpenters in China
Rain and Wind Bridges – a unique creation of Dong carpenters, China bridges.
Rain and Wind Bridges – unique creation of Dong carpenters
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Such bridges are called “Wind and Rain Bridges” because pavilions are built on them to protect people from wind and rain. These bridges are also called “flower bridges” because of their exquisite architecture.
Rain and Wind Bridges, China
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Rain and Wind Bridges in China
On a rainy day, the pavilions on the bridge provide locals with a great place to meet, relax, network, exchange ideas and have fun.
“Bridges of wind and rain”
The Wind and Rain Bridge usually consists of pillars, towers and pavilions, and the main building material is wood. There are railings and benches on both sides of the bridge.
“Wind and Rain Bridges”, China
“Wind and Rain Bridges” in China
The peculiarity of these bridges is that nails were never used in their construction. Dong's ingenious carpenters used butt joints in the structural elements of the bridge to hold them together and transfer the load to the pier.
Wind and Rain Bridges
Wind and Rain Bridges, China
The most famous of these bridges is the Chengyang Bridge in Sanjiang County, Guangxi Province. It was built in 1916 and is one of the finest and largest ancient bridges in China.
Wind and Rain Bridges in China
Wind and Rain Bridges, photo