July 11, 2010

Wind and Rain Bridge

Mong Village, Guizhou, 2006

The backwater province of Guizhou in China's south-west is not a top tourist destination and therefore offers the intrepid explorer an authentic peek into traditional lifestyles of a rich variety of minority people living in serene mountain landscape. 

I took the photo above as our small group of four was approaching a Mong people's village. On the right you see what is called a Wind & Rain Bridge. Traditionally these elaborate bridges, long covered corridors made of wood, were built by the Dong people, but the concept was adopted by others over time.

Here is a close up of the covered bridge:

Wind & Rain Bridge, Guizhou, 2006

This bridge is posted for the Sunday Bridges meme. Click on the link to join the fun or see more beautiful bridges.

20 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Simply fabulous. I like that you show the general and more specific photos to put the beauty into perspective.

Maboe / M and D, Norway said...

A beautiful bridge. Thanks for your comment!

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my what a beautiful bridge. Certaintly not typical of what a westerner would see. MB

☺lani☺ said...

Lovely! Happy Sunday!

Kaori said...

So much beauty in the details of the bridge! Wonderful photo for Sunday Bridges :-)

Indrani said...

Covered bridges are a thrill to cross, aren't they.
Yours has nice pagoda kind of structures over them.

tapirgal said...

This is a really special post and special place.

Joanne said...

What fabulous bridges, wind and rain meaning I imagine to protect people from them, is this correct?
Wonderful countryside also:))

Louis la Vache said...

This is a marvelous contribution to Sunday Bridges. «Mme la Vache» was born in and grew up in China, so she also appreciates your post.

VioletSky said...

What a beautifully elaborate cover!

Halcyon said...

A really beautiful bridge! I never saw anything like this when I was in China. Did you cross through it?

Francisca said...

@Joanne - yes, these bridges got the name wind-and-rain because they shelter the walker.

@Mme la Vache - ni hao! Come back next week; I have another beauty of a bridge in China for you.

@Halcyon - no, after spending too long in the village, we did not have time to cross this bridge, but I did cross another Dong bridge.

tapirgal said...

Nope, I didn't desaturate. I only tweaked the curves a little to brighten it from the dark gray the camera adds to the gray I saw with my eyes.

Ebie said...

I love the design of the bridge. I am sure it is hand carved too.

Regarding your comment, on the bridge, the water dried up but on the other side, the water is flowing on the different direction.

We are joining the same memes: Sunday Bridges and Weekend Reflection.

EG Wow said...

This is so beautiful. I admire your adventurous spirit getting to places that most people never see.

Luckaa said...

It is so beautiful!

Jacob said...

Thank you, Francisca, for stopping by Creative Confections and for your comment!

That led me here. What a beautiful blog. You have a fascinating background, and your photo, I think, expresses your empathy toward various cultures and people. It's a beautiful scene and the bridge is magnificent - I've never seen anything quite like it!

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H said...

What a beautiful bridge. That is not just a cover, it is a whole work of art!

Vetrimagal said...

This is so pretty, and subtle.
A welcome bridge, and a serene village!