Sixi Town, November 2017. I’m a huge fan of the Robert James Waller novel The Bridges of Madison County, not to mention the brilliant movie adaptation starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Some years ago I was lucky enough to spend a memorable day touring the actual bridges during my stay in Iowa, USA. So when I heard about a county in southeast China that was also home to hundreds of ancient, covered wooden bridges, I naturally jumped at the chance to check them out. My Tai Shun base was Sixi Town, a sleepy lakeside community with traditional architecture and crowing roosters, framed by a dramatic backdrop of rolling mountains.