map from www.langqiao.net :
another one from chinabackpacker.com
On tomb sweeping festival (清明节) we headed for Wenzhou (温州) and then Taishun county (泰顺县) to discover those wonderful ancient bridges, set in relaxing countryside, far away from the Shanghai concrete.
Sleeping Bus from Shanghai, departure 23:00, arrival at 6:00AM in Wenzhou, where we took another bus to Sixi (泗溪) at 09:50AM.
2 hrs later we arrived in Sixi and started stroll around to see two of them.
After lunch, we took a bus heading to Taishun via the new Sixi-Taishun expressway and he dropped us at walking distance from YongQing bridge (永庆桥). There we took a three-wheel motorcycle with a trunk and arrived at Liuzhai bridge (刘宅桥) where we spent the night.
Day 2: call the guy with the three wheel ‘car’ and ask him about a full day rental. He’s ok. Let’s go.
En route to Zhouling (洲岭) we stroll to Santiao bridge (三条桥) set afar from the road, 15min walk, upon a fresh ‘quite clear’ stream. Enjoy a sunbathing time!
back in the car, we continue to Zhouling, have lunch there, and check the very pretty Yuwen bridge (毓文桥). Gorgeous.
Hop again, to Xiaocun (筱村) and the Wenxing bridge (文兴桥) where we planned to camp… but this one is not flat! and people living nearby and using it everyday… we preferred to camp on a hill next to it.
Day 3 : walk back to XiaoCun and take bus at noon, heading back straight to WenZhou – arrival at 3:00PM.
I took the liberty to put the infos here, as this website is very seldom available from China….
Taishun Bridges, Zhejiang
Taishun County 泰顺 in southwest Zhejiang province hides some of China’s most beautiful ancient wooden bridges. Much to my surprise, these magnificent ancient bridges, not far away from the rich coastal cities like Wenzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai, are still unknown to the public.
There are more than 300 ancient bridges found in the Taishun County. It is not necessary to go to Taishun town (also called Luoyang 罗阳镇). Go first to Sixi 泗溪, then Xiaochun 筱村, and Sankui 三魁. Most well preserved beautiful bridges can be admired around these three towns. If you have more time, you can further discover Wengshan 翁山 or Zhouling洲岭.
Some bridges are located in town and the others are in the countryside. See map: Bridges of Taishun.
Around Sixi 泗溪:
1. Beijian Bridge 北涧桥: First built in 1674, rebuilt in 1849. Length: 51.7m. (Town)
2. Xidong Bridge 溪东桥: First built in 1570, rebuilt in 1827. Length: 41.7m. (Town)
3. Nanxi Bridge 南溪桥: Built in 1842. (See Map)
4. Nanyang Bridge 南阳桥: Built in 1870. (See Map)
Around Taishun(Luoyang) 泰顺：
1. Xianju Bridge 仙居桥: Built in 1673. Length: 43m.(See Map)
2. Dengyun Bridge 登云桥 (Town)
Around Zhouling 洲岭:
1. Yuwen Bridge 毓文桥：Built in 1839. (Town)
2. Santiao Bridge 三条桥：Built in 1843. Take the Zhouling-Sankui bus, tell the driver to drop you off near the bridge. From the road, a pleasant 15-minute walk in a peaceful countryside, you will find this amazing bridge. (See Map)
Around Hengkeng 横坑：
1. Xiaguang Bridge 霞光桥: Built in 1723 (See Map)
Hushi House 胡氏大院：Traditional local house, near Xuexi. (See Map)
Actually you can visit all these places by car in two days. If you count on the local transport, you may spend three to four days. I recommend Sixi 泗溪, Xiaocun 筱村, and Zhouling 洲岭 smaller and much quieter. You can arrange the journey as follows: Wenzhou – Sixi – Xiaochun – Sankui – Zhouling – Xuexi – Yayang – Wenzhou. (See Map)
If you pass through Shanghai, or anywhere in Zhejiang Province, why not spend two days visiting these amazing heritages before the invasion of Chinese tourists.
Take the evening train N533 from Shanghai to Wenzhou 温州 (Departure: 20:58, Arrival: 7:00, next day, Y167).
The return train from Wenzhou to Shangahi is scheduled at 19:10, and will arrive in Shanghai 6:00 next morning.
From Wenzhou railway station, take a taxi (Y10) to Wenzhou Bus Station (温州客运中心). Wenzhou Bus Station has buses leaving every half an hour to Taishun. Take the Taishun bus if you head for Sankui (Y44), around two and a half hours. If you head for Sixi, take a direct bus from Wenzhou to Sixi. (Y37). There are regular buses connecting Sixi, Sankui and Xiaochun.
Taishun and Sankui have a lot of cheap accommodations. You can find easily a clean hotel near the bus station. We paid Y60 for a double room with bathroom and hotshower.
There are simple hostels ‘Zhaodaisuo 招待所’ or ‘Lushe 旅社’ in Sixi and Zhouling, prices range from Y20 to Y30 per bed, some hostels have hot shower.
Useful link (in Chinese): http://www.langqiao.net/, Map Link
(Written by Suyun in 2005. Visited Taishun in April 6, 2005.)
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