Register | Login


The Dong minority is one of the 56 ethnic minority groups that reside in China. The Dong people live in scattered villages in China’s Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces where they are famous for their traditional sweet rice and for their unique carpentry skills which they display by constructing beautiful wooden covered bridges. These bridges are called "Wind and Rain Bridges" because there are pavilions built on the bridge that provide shelter to people from the wind and rain. These bridges have also earned the name of "flower bridges" because of their exquisite architecture. On a raining day, the pavilions on the bridge provide locals an excellent place to meet, relax, socialize, exchange ideas, and even amuse.

chengyang-bridge-12

Photo credit

A Wind and Rain bridge is normally composed of the bridge, a tower and a pavilion, with wood being the main building material. On both sides of the bridge, there are railings and benches, providing a resting area for passers-by in the roofed corridor. The upturned eaves, towers and pavilions are decorated with dragon and phoenix carvings on the stone piers, with auspicious motifs of treasure gourds and longevity cranes etc. adorning the top of the bridge.

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2013.


Loading...

Deepika Padukones Super Rocking Entry On Bigg Boss 10
Deepika Padukones Super Rocking Entry On Bigg Boss 10
The Forgotten Tunnel Under Naples Filled With Vintage Cars
The Forgotten Tunnel Under Naples Filled With Vintage Cars
Boulder Field of Hickory Run State Park
Boulder Field of Hickory Run State Park
Jacqueline Fernandez on LOfficiel Magazine October 2016
Jacqueline Fernandez on LOfficiel Magazine October 2016
Priyanka Chopra  35 Years of Fashion Book Party
Priyanka Chopra 35 Years of Fashion Book Party
Tamanna Bhatia Stunning in Kaththi Sandai
Tamanna Bhatia Stunning in Kaththi Sandai
The Cannon And The Bell The Tsars of Moscow Kremlin
The Cannon And The Bell The Tsars of Moscow Kremlin
8 Living Memorials Shaped Out of Trees
8 Living Memorials Shaped Out of Trees