Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge (程阳风雨桥) often refers to the scenic area of the same name which mainly includes Chengyang Bridge itself and the eight Dong minority villages in the area. The scenic area is located 19km north of Sanjiang County (三江), Liuzhou in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Entrance fee: 60 yuan.
Built in 1912, Chengyang Bridge, also knows as “Yongji Bridge”, is a covered bridge, an architectural wonder which features the unique blend of the bridge, the corridor and the pavilions.
The bridge has 3 piers, 2 platforms ( at the both ends), five tower-type pavilions with upturned multi-level eaves. Made of the cedar and stones, Chengyang Bridge is 64.4 meters long, 3.4 meters wide and 10.6 meters high above the river known as Linxi River.
Chengyang Bridge is one of the 5 wind and rain bridges in this Dong minority region which include eight Dong villages – Ma An Village, Ping Village, Ping Tan Village Yan Village, Dong Village, Da Village, Ping Pu Village and Jichang Village, collectively known as Chengyang Eight Villages.
Each village has an impressive drum tower and an opera stage. The drum towers are the social places in the villages built like magnificent pagodas with multi-level eaves. One tall drum tower represents the center of a village.
You will also see hundreds of wooden houses, paddy fields and rivers with water wheels, a typical Dong minority portrait.
A visit to Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge Scenic Area is often included in your travel plan when you are either planning your Guiyang tour or Guilin tour since it is located in the mid-way between Guilin and Guiyang. Now Guilin, Sanjiang and Guiyang are connected by bullet trains, very convenient to visit the three places in one travel itinerary.
Follow me to have a glimpse of the Dong minority villages. The eight Dong minority villages are dotted in a large area, not easy for a day tripper to cover them all. Basically people would visit Ma An Village which is just across Chengyang Bridge, and nearby Yan Village and Ping Village.
The photo of Chengyang Bridge taken from its west end and its east end linked to Ma An Village.
Crossing the bridge
The river under the bridge known as Linxi River, limpid water with water wheels flanked by paddy fields with a background of wooden houses, a typical Dong village scene.
The Drum Tower at Ma An Village
The Helong Wind & Rain Bridge linking Ma An Village and Yan Village.
The Drum Tower at Yan Village
The Yan Village with the river flanked by wooden houses.
The Drum Tower at Ping Village
The Ping Village
The wooden House and Rice Fields
The narrow lane in the Dong Village
How to get there?
1. Take the bullet trains to Sanjiang from Guangzhou, Guilin and Guiyang. Arriving at Sanjiang South Railway Station. Then you take bus from the station to Sanjiang West Bus Station where you connect the local buses heading to Linxi (林溪) and get off at the stop of Chengyang Wind & Rain Scenic Area ( 6 yuan).
2. Take buses to Sanjiang from Guilin, Longji ( Longsheng) in Guangxi or Congjiang, Rongjiang or Guiyang from Guizhou. Then connect the local buses heading to Linxi (林溪) and get off at the stop of Chengyang Wind & Rain Scenic Area ( 6 yuan).
Where to Stay?
You are highly recommend to stay at Dong Village Hotel, a wooden 4-story house by Linxi River, just standing by another Wind and Rain Bride north of the world famous Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge.
Each room has a balcony with a clear view of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. Contact Michael Yang: 0772 – 8582421.
Any questions, just drop a line.