Photographer's Note

no pont neuf for me
even the ponte dom luis I
a good second...


China is a great country for bridges. There are the famous wind-and-rain bridges of the minorities in Guizhou, but if you’re willing to travel off the beaten track, another real treat is the covered bridges of Taishun county in the deep south of Zhejiang.

This bridge is called Wenxing bridge, near the village of Xiaocun, says my map. But I’m not really sure about that, as ‘xiao cun’ just means ‘little village’…and, well, it was not far away from a little village, but then again...

Being built in 1957, Wenxing bridge actually is one of the most recent covered bridges of the area. It’s in the middle of rice fields, there’s a little house at the foot of the bridge, on the other side, not visible in this picture.


By the way…the comfy direct bus from Taishun took us back to Shanghai in only 9 hours or so. ('scuse me if I got the number wrong, I wasn't counting...) Anyway, this is now possible thanks to shiny new Hangzhou Bay Bridge, a real technological superfeat, the longest bridge in the world even, and time-saving o yes...but it didn't half steal my heart like Wenxing bridge did.


With a BIG smiley from Antwerp, as we've just said NO to 'our own'(?) mega bridge project in a public referendum, leaving some local politicians and their building contractors in backrooms trying to figure out whether our no might not actually be interpreted as some kind of yes in disguise.



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