The Dongi are one of 56 ethnic minority groups living in a densely populated China. The Dong people live in separate villages in Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces.
Rain and Wind Bridges are a unique creation of Dong carpenters in China
Rain and Wind Bridges are a unique creation of Dong carpenters, China
The Dong are famous for their traditional sweet rice and their unique carpentry skills, which they demonstrate by building beautiful wooden bridges.
Rain and Wind Bridges are a unique creation of Dong carpenters.
Bridges of Rain and Wind
Such bridges are called “Wind and Rain Bridges” because pavilions are built on them that protect people from wind and rain. These bridges are also called “flower bridges” because of their exquisite architecture.
Rain and Wind Bridges, China
Rain and Wind Bridges in China
On a rainy day, the pavilions on the bridge provide locals with a great place to meet, relax, socialize, exchange ideas and have fun.
“Bridges of wind and rain”
The Wind and Rain Bridge usually consists of pillars, towers and pavilions, and the main building material is wood. There are railings and benches on both sides of the bridge.
“Bridges of wind and rain”, China
“Bridges of wind and rain” in China
The peculiarity of these bridges is that nails have never been used in their construction. The ingenious carpenters of Dong used docking joints in the structural elements of the bridge to hold them together and transfer the load to the pier.
Bridges of wind and rain
Bridges of wind and rain, China
The most famous of these bridges is the Chengyang Bridge in Sanjiang County, Guangxi Province. It was built in 1916 and is one of the best and largest ancient bridges in China.
Wind and rain bridges in China
Bridges of wind and rain, photos;