The Photography

   Most of these bridges were photographed during "Bridge Chasing" journeys.  Mapping out a 1-4 day route and trying to visit as many bridges as daylight and travel distances permit.  Bridge Chasing is a beautiful way to see rural America, as well as getting to walk and maybe even drive through historic bridges.  It also meant that some of these bridges were visited during the hours of soft sunlight, and others in the harshest sunlight of the day.  Several of these bridges were photographed in the middle of thunderstorms and even the only shelter during a flash flood. 

   At each bridge, I attempted to circle it, capturing images of various angles and not just both entrances.  Not always was that possible as often obstacles blocked the way: rivers, thick woods, muddy or marsh-like terrain, cliffs, ravines, and often, private property.  I never feared being chased off, but respecting fences and signs is a good idea.  A smile and a friendly hello was effective at most closed gates.  

   The Chinese Covered Bridges photos were taken during a 10-year photographic bicycle journey around selected parts of the world. They came unexpectantly as I had no maps while pedaling north through China; this fantastic valley was along the way.  Inside the small village of Chengyang there were about a dozen spectacular Covered Bridges.  This one was the cream of the crop.  Unfortunately, the day that I passed through the area was a very rainy day, hindering taking photos of the bridges.  There were no hotels, so I spent the night out of the rain inside the bridge.  There were no restaurants and the village provided me with dinner and breakfast.  In the morning it was still raining, most everything I owned was already wet, so I headed back out into the rain and continued north.  Before reaching the top of the ridge, the Dong minority population ended, and so did the bridges.

 The Photographer

   Originally from Delaware, travel became my main occupation once leaving the military in 1968.  Landing a job in graphic arts in Costa Rica, photography was closely related.  In 1985, I began a 10-year photographic bicycle journey through North, South and Central Americas and Asia photographing everything in sight.  This collection can be seen in several of my photographic websites:  Earthly Photos, Fire Truck World, and of course this site.  

   As a young lad having grown up only miles from several Covered Bridges, our bridges were a major part of local culture. And as a result, the thrill of crossing one has never left me.  In recent years, annual trips up to the US from Costa Rica have turned into bridge chasing journeys.  The time came to put these photos into a website and share them with other Covered Bridge enthusiasts.  Covid has temporarily halted all bridge chasing, but hopefully, I can soon plan another trip up to the states and drive the back roads of a few more states that are blessed with historical Covered Bridges still standing.


About this Bridge .  .  .

   The Yongji Bridge of Chengyang, also known as the Chengyang "Wind and Rain Bridge", is a bridge in Sanjiang County, of Guangxi, China.  Yongji Bridge is a special covered bridge or lángqiáo, and one of many Fengyu bridges in local Dong Minority regions.  This bridge was completed in 1912.   It is also referred to as the Panlong Bridge.

   The Yongji bridge is a combination of bridge, corridor, veranda, and Chinese pavilion. It is strictly a pedestrian bridge and has two platforms (one at each end of the bridge), 3 piers, 3 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors. The piers are made of stone, the upper structures are mainly wooden, and the roof is covered with tiles. The bridge was constructed with wooden handrails on both sides.

   The Yongji bridge has a total length of 64.4 meters (211 ft), and its corridor has a width of 3.4 meters (11 ft). The net height above the river is about 10 meters (33 ft). No screws nor nails were used in the construction of this bridge, only treenails as fasteners.  Located in Chengyang, it serves as the link between two populous villages of the Dong Minority. 

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