November 2017. Located in Sixi Town, Beijian Bridge is one of Taishun 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.
November 2017. Perched eleven meters above water level, Beijian Bridge was built in 1674 in the early years of the Tang Dynasty as a sister structure to the nearby Xi Dong Bridge.
November 2017. It’s only once you cross the stepping stones and reach Beijian Bridge that you realise just how immense that old tree is. Look out for the large goldfish community, who often swarm close to the water’s edge for scraps thrown in by tourists.
November 2017. Beijian Bridge is also home to a small community of about half a dozen homes. The people who live here have shops, street stalls and a restaurant all catered towards tourists.
November 2017. Beijian Bridge doesn’t get much foreign foot traffic, so be prepared for the locals here to laugh, point and stare, even more than usual in China. These old ladies were selling traditional Chinese sweets such as Mahua, a fried dough twist encrusted with sugar icing.
Walk right to the end of the street to get a back view of Beijian Bridge.
November 2017. As I entered Beijian Bridge that afternoon, there were moody, autumnal views of Sixi Town on one side, while on the other I was able to look back across the way we’d come over the lake and its stepping stones.
November 2017. On the other side of Beijian Bridge you’ll be met by three stone statues of the men responsible for its construction.
There’s also a cool museum here dedicated to Taishun’s covered bridges, including a gallery of every structure. The museum is housed in an old barn and is free to enter.
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