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How to Visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge (Tips, Photos & Map)

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
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Chengyang Wind and  Rain Bridge (程阳风雨桥) is also known as Yongji Bridge or Panlong Bridge. It is the most famous wind and rain bridge of Dong nationality in Guangxi, and also a key cultural relic protection unit in China.

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.

Location of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is recognized by google map as “Chengyangqiao Scenic Area” since the scenic area of the same name mainly includes Chengyang Bridge itself and the eight Dong minority villages in the area.

Chengyangqiao Scenic Area located 19km north of Sanjiang County (三江), 147 km northwest of Guilin and 104km northwest of Longji Rice Terraces Sceni Spot.

Entrance fee: 60 yuan.

Guilin-Longji-Chengyang Bridge Road Map

ABC of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

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 Eight Dong Minority Villages

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.

Guilin – Sanjiang ( Chengyang Bridge) – Guiyang by High Speed Train

A visit to Chengyang Wind and 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 (Google Road Map)

Now Guilin, Sanjiang and Guiyang are connected by bullet trains, very convenient to visit the three places in one travel itinerary.

Virtual Tour of Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge

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.

Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Crossing the bridge

Crossing Chengyang Bridge
Crossing Chengyang 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.

Chengyang Linxi River
Chengyang Linxi River

The Drum Tower at Ma An Village

Ma An Village Drum Tower
Ma An Village Drum Tower

The Helong Wind & Rain Bridge linking Ma An Village and Yan Village.

Helong Wind and Rain Bridge
Helong Wind and Rain Bridge

The Drum Tower at Yan Village

The Drum Tower at Yan Village
The Drum Tower at Yan Village

The Yan Village with the river flanked by wooden houses.

Yan Village
Yan Village

The Drum Tower at Ping Village

The Drum Tower at Ping Village
The Drum Tower at Ping Village

The Ping Village

The Ping Village
The Ping Village

The wooden House and Rice Fields

The wooden House and Rice Fields
The wooden House and Rice Fields

The narrow lane in the Dong Village

The narrow lane in the Dong Village
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.

Each room has a balcony with a clear view of the two wind and rain bridges.
Each room has a balcony with a clear view of the two wind and rain bridges.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.