1. Beijian Bridge, November 2017. Located in Sixi Town, Beijian Bridge is one of Tai Shun County’s most picturesque spots. Initially camouflaged by a stupendous one thousand year old camphor tree, you’ll need to make your way to the start of the lake’s stepping-stones before the bridge fully reveals itself.
2. Beijian Bridge, November 2017. Perched eleven meters above water level, Beijian was built in 1674 in the early years of the Tang Dynasty as a sister structure to the nearby Xi Dong Bridge.
3. Beijian Bridge, November 2017. It’s only once you cross the stepping-stones and reach the bridge that you realize just how immense the tree is. There’s a small community of locals based around the bridge with shops, a restaurant and a few residential buildings. These old ladies were selling traditional Chinese sweets such as Mahua, a fried dough twist encrusted with sugar icing.
4. Beijian Bridge, November 2017. The bridge had lovely autumnal views of Sixi Town’s farmland that day, while on the other side I was able to look back on the way we’d come over the stepping-stones. Once you’ve crossed Beijian you’ll be met by three statues of the men responsible for the bridge’s construction. There’s also a very cool art gallery with photos of Tai Shun County’s most celebrated bridges.
5. Beijian Bridge, November 2017. This is the back view of Beijian, taken from the cobbled street of the little bridge community.
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