Connecting the eastern shore of Kunming Lake and Nanhu Island in the west, the Seventeen-Arch Bridge was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). There are some thirty bridges in the Summer Palace and this is the largest one, with a length of 150 meters (164 yards) and a width of 8 meters (8.75 yards). It is not only the sole passageway to Nanhu Island, but also an important attraction in the lake area.
There is an interesting legend connecting to the beauty of this bridge. It goes like this. One day during the construction of the bridge, an old man in shabby clothes came to the busy building site and shouted "Who wants Longmen (Dragon Gate) Stone?" He got no reply as the others took him as a crazy man on seeing his poor appearance. The poor man left with the stone in great disappointment. He stayed under a big tree, and every day, he chiseled the stone as early as when cocks started to crow. One night, it rained heavily, the poor man had to shelter from the rain under the tree when another elderly man saw him and asked him to live at his home. After a year went by, the old man said goodbye to the kind master and left the stone to him as a reward in return.
At the same time, the project of the Seventeen-Arch Bridge was almost finished except for a proper stone to fit the gap in the middle of the bridge. Someone advised the project director to find the man who once sold Longmen Stone. The director found out where the old man once lived. Out of extreme happiness, he found the right stone and gave the master some money to move it away. To everyone's excitement, the stone was exactly the right one to fit the gap. Suddenly someone realized, "The old man must be the incarnation of Luban (the earliest ancestor of carpenter) who came to help us to build the bridge!"
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emka (67365) 2014-01-18 21:53
bardzo ładny widok na ten most w Pałacu letnim. Miałam kiedys tako haftowany obrazek i tam bylo chyba ten własnie widok. Sliczne swiatło, ladne odbicia, delikatne wierzbowe gałazki u gory. bardzo przyjemne zdjecie.
Chyba sporo osób sie zdziwilo widząc sniezne mapy w mojej galerii, a nie u Takero :).
daddo (21280) 2014-01-18 22:06
Hi Kamila. What a spectacular structure. i have seen this bridge decades ago when I was at university and had a few Chinese friends one or two of whom had silk prints of famous Chinese spots- this was one of them. Your photo reveals the full beauty of the bridge with a great choice of POV, lovely light and enchanting reflections. Excellent result. Klaudio.
annjackman (16507) 2014-01-18 22:39
What a fascinating legend and a lovely picture. You have captured the elegance of the bridge very well and I like the overhanging branches and diagonal pier in the FG. Perfect light and sharpness.
Kind Regards, Ann
krzychu30 (14412) 2014-01-18 22:50
piekne miejsce i super perspektywa na jego ukazanie.
Podoba mi sie rowniez swiatlo,te delikatne odbicia w wodzie i klimat jaki stworzylas.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-18 22:50
Wonderful shot of the bridge with great light treatment and an excellent composition. Pleasant colors and very good clarity. I like the inclusion of the boat in fg.
An excellent presentation with an interesting note. Tfs.
COSTANTINO (46544) 2014-01-18 23:17
what a spectacular photo
fascinating legend and fine picture
shot with symmetry and useful notes
your shot reveals the full beauty
of the bridge
abmdsudi (35378) 2014-01-18 23:27
Such a delightful shot you have done a remarkable job with this shot with fantastic details of this spanning arch bridge - one of typical China's iconic strutures. Love the clarity achieved in golden light hour which is subtly exposed, nothing is over or underexposed. An impressive slight diagonal touch, lovely illumination from surroundings and contrast is so superb. Vividness on the stunning silvery ripply water really grabs the eye and finishes it off perfectly with excellent touch of fg interests. Indeed this a glorious scene skilfully captured and tfs
lousat (67181) 2014-01-19 2:02
Hi Kamila,a magnificent bridge with a very special design and taken in a beautiful rich composition with the branches like a natural frame on the top and the temple in background,great details,colors and exposure,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
SnapRJW (26152) 2014-01-19 2:34
Hello Kamila - I like the balance and tension created between the elegant span of the arched bridge and the simple pontoon. Beautifully composed and managed, the atmosphere is quiet and very appealing. Warm regards rosemary
trevormoffiet (1796) 2014-01-19 2:36
Your balanced composition and choice of framing does justice to the bridge. The jetty and boat add good foreground interest.
papagolf21 (81006) 2014-01-19 2:51
Merci de nous faire visiter cette région d'une aussi belle façon.
Je voyage et découvre avec plaisir ces horizons lointains.
Très bonne construction photographique à tous points de vue.
timecapturer (40322) 2014-01-19 3:31
an attractive little bridge this, made all the more so by your superbly creative composition and just perfect management of the light. It looks so beautiful. Well done!
Have an enjoyable Sunday - B.
Romano46 (14534) 2014-01-19 3:55
più vai avanti con le tue proposte dalla Cina e più esse sono belle.
Questa ha una composizione e dei colori eccellenti, senza peraltro tralasciare la composizione perfetta .
Ciao e buona domenica
Noel_Byrne (16281) 2014-01-19 4:30
Even though this bridge looks quite huge, it also looks very delicate, and you captured it under exquisite light. The inclusion of the jetty in the foreground is a beautiful idea (one I will learn from, thanks for this photo tip!!) as it breaks the foreground well without interfering with the beauty of the main subject.
And a fine watery reflection too. Another wonderful place you have shared with us!
All the best
macjake (48363) 2014-01-19 5:03
when i think of Beijing I don't think of scenes like this one...good for you to be able to find some peace and quiet, some serenity in this busy city.
fantastic lighting all around, the 15 arches certainly steal the show. an effective fg/bg photo as well.
enjoy your day
carlo62 (22407) 2014-01-19 7:55
il ponte è molto bello e la sequenza di archi è piacevole, grazie anche allo splendido riflesso.
Una foto ben composta, ideata bene e ottimamente realizzata.
holmertz (33567) 2014-01-19 8:01
This is an exemplary composition.The simple jetty fills the foreground well and the boat contributes nice colours. Further back the elegantly shaped bridge creates another diagonal and behind it we see another interesting old building. The overhanging branches form a fine curtain at the top. The warm light is very attractive and the bridge has created marvellous reflections.
Cricri (95455) 2014-01-19 9:07
Une image bien réaliser et construite, belle vue sur le pont aux arches, ces reflets, j'aime la barque collé au ponton de bois, une belle lumière qui embelli le tout, très belle composition
Fis2 (78834) 2014-01-19 10:11
Piekny most i jego konstrukcja.
Ja kocham mosty.
Znakomita kompozycja i naturalna kolorystyka.
Silvio1953 (109385) 2014-01-19 10:23
Ciao Kamila, great view of fantastic bridge, fascinating reflections, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
chrislo (3351) 2014-01-19 10:52
A well composed and balanced shot with the triangle of foreground and the overhanging branches. Your composition is as carefully considered as always by placing the pontoon on a diagonal line. The angle of viewing the beautiful bridge is very good, and its numerous arches add a lot of interest. The light is also well captured in this high quality shot. Well done.
siudzi (29061) 2014-01-19 11:08
Znalazłas bardzo dobry POV dla tej sceny. Całość tworzy bardzo piękna oraz elegancka kompozycje. Świetna jakosc, ostrość, swiatlo. Bardzo dobra realizacja!
PaulVDV (18764) 2014-01-19 11:25
How amazingly luminous this bridge and its reflection in the water are!
Especially because the sky isn't really very bright.
Best regards, Paul
cornejo (24647) 2014-01-19 12:59
Hi Kamila, great view with a great view of this beautiful and interesting bridge, nicely captured by a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. A lovely image with good sharpness, depth and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
npecanhuk (58264) 2014-01-19 13:14
Such beautiful and pleasant-looking details! I love that bridge! I truly enjoy seeing the chinese architectural details of that building in the background!
A very attractive, lovely and charming picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are allexcelelnt!
TFS - congrats,
Have an excellent week,
jurek1951 (39004) 2014-01-20 0:10
podoba mi sie panorama tego mostu,ciekawie wyglada pierwszy plan,ladnie wyglada te odbicie mostu,dobra ostrosc i naturalna kolorystyka,pozdrawiam
Nicou (109778) 2014-01-20 6:40
Mervielleuse vue et iamge quelle compo ce tons et lumirèes avec les arches et le contrastes ces reflets sur le plan d'eau la petit barque dans le coin au qui superbe vue.
Bravo et amtié
adramad (32927) 2014-01-20 7:05
A splendid composition with great POV, to include the diagonal of this small wooden pier in the foreground, the superb beauty of the bridge, with its reflections in the water, those branches that fall from the top of the image, giving a sensational touch.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well done. I Like
Have a good day.
ikeharel (47038) 2014-01-20 7:31
Beautiful shot over the 17 archs, with a great light that apply a wonderful reflection on water.
DOF and claruity, light and colors all culminate to a kajestic view on.
ASdded boat and wooden-pier, branchs from above was a skillful decision.
photoray (7970) 2014-01-20 7:54
Like everyone else an attractive bridge scene and a bonus with your informative historical legend.
The foreground simple dock with row boat leads the eye towards the attractive bridge with arches ascending in size towards the middle, matching the 'keystone' importance in the legend.
williewhistler (10915) 2014-01-20 12:35
the exquisite light on the bridge and along the boardwalk give this shot so much charm and impact.
With the foliage forming a nice frame against the brooding sky its a lovely photograph,oh and I do like the little green boat.
Kind regards Les.
dta (59121) 2014-01-20 12:38
Hello Kamila ,
A wonderful composition with the pier and the boat in the FG , and the splendid vridge with its fine reflections .
The exquisite lateral light crestes superb contrasts .
SWEETFREEDOM (20590) 2014-01-21 0:46
good p.o.v. and interesting architecture, i like also the boat in fg.
subhendu_bagchi (23699) 2014-01-21 6:54
namaste, what a fantastic shot here. Great composition. Enjoyed the wide view of that beautiful bridge. Colours are superb and perfect light. Very nice work. Tfs.
pajaran (44402) 2014-01-21 10:04
Interesantan tekst o mestu, lepa legenda i istorija, sa opisom ...
Dobar snimka, lepo pokazan most i trenutak sa refleksom na vodi, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place, beautiful legend and history, with a description ...
Good shot, nice bridge shown the moment the reflex on the water, beautiful colors.
Nice place and architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
mesutilgim (75604) 2014-01-21 10:18
Another perfect capture from China.
Nice the natural framing at top with the willow branches and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (8380) 2014-01-21 19:20
Well, this is certainly a first for me...I've never seen or known about a bridge which has featured this many arches, and it's gorgeous! This is quite a smart composition too, not only to include the span of the bridge itself, but to be able and fill the foreground with supporting interest, rather than negative space from the river. Exquisite soft and warm light to accent the entire look and feel of this shot, you've taken and presented a very pleasant photo indeed. A relatively simple color pallet, but it's just right to suit the setting and subject. Very nicely done. Have a great day ahead.
Kielia (21953) 2014-01-23 7:04
a very fascinating sight and an excellently composed impression of this famous bridge due to your outstanding skills. The light and the colors are fantastic. The little boat is just the icing on the cake. And I read your note with great interest. My compliments!
claudeD (28289) 2014-01-23 9:14
wow! what an amazing reflection picture from Beijing. Excellent composition and sharpness. A picture full of calm.Like it a lot.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
fabbs99 (13519) 2014-01-25 8:06
Hello Dear Kamila,
The bridge looks great with 17 arches.I still feel 18th century architectural style was superior and more attractive than waht we get to see in modern times.Great shot with perfect sharpness and clarity.TFS.
ourania (21500) 2014-02-01 14:02
you found a great point of view that allowed you to make the best of the strong, warm light and to render your composition richer and more interesting. The bridge with its elegant lines and arches extends gracefully across the frame and is so attractive. There's an array of elements that provide information, colour and balance, so this view is really complete. I like very much the way all the colours that surround the bridge look subdued. I love the texture of the water and the reflections but also the strong shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
amaryllis (32605) 2014-02-04 5:35
une photo superbe de ce pont avec de nombreuses arches et reflets dans l'eau, une belle luminosité et un premier plan avec ce ponton où apparemment les barques se rangent, ces branches d'arbres qui retombent, une composition soignée
Didi (52489) 2014-02-06 9:00
Very interesting view on this particular bridge
An interesting composition for the arch theme
serp2000 (35094) 2014-02-12 6:50
Another attractive postcard from Beijing! I like your choice of the point of view, we can see not only the bridge, the temple on the background, but also the peer with the boat on the foreground, as a bonus for so impressive composition.
divail (8208) 2014-03-03 19:24
Vos photos de ponts sont spécialement magnifiques. Celle-ci semble voir ses piliers s'enfoncer dans l'eau. La petite embarcation laisse aussi une belle touche de couleur dans l'eau. J'aime aussi les branches des arbres qui encadrent le haut de la photo. La composition est bien faite.
jmdias (49701) 2014-03-07 0:52
nice use of the light and the shapes of these arches and its reflections. I liked the line of the foreground too. beautiful details to enjoy in a day with no much pollution. TFS.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (5751)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Arches, China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-18 20:54
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