Wind & Rain Bridge is called Fu bridge or Flower bridge, it is an architecture combining bridge, pavilion, corridor and tower, which has high aesthetic and cultural value. From local people’s perspective, it is not only an important traffic facility, but also the guard of the village.
Huangdu village, in the center zone of the “100-miles Dong Culture Gallery”, is 10 km away from the county. As a folk scenic spot in 1995, now it is an integrated tourism resort with Dong folk custom, visiting, entertainment, regarded as the National AAA Scenic Area.
Puxiu Bridge was first built in 1815, which was originally a magnificent stone arch bridge but damaged by a flood in 1937 and rebuilt in 1943. Puxiu Bridge is a bridge covered by pure wooden structure, pavilion, gallery. It’s the most representative bridge in “100-miles Dong Culture Gallery”, also one of the 3 Dong architecture treasures. It carries hundred years of vicissitudes and transformation of Dong village, also the good wishes and deep emotion of Dong people .
Lying north-south, Hengling Bridge is located in Hengling village, Hedi town, Qingyuan county and rebuilt in 1948,. The bridge reaches overall length of 16.70 m, spans 2.7m, and 2.7 m high, 4.50m wide with 7 gallery houses.
The wisdom of Dong people was showed in front of us immediately when we walked in the Hengling drum-tower, which was located in the Hengling, Pingtan village at the southwest of Tongdao Dong Autonomous County, Hunan Province.
Hengling drum-tower is consist of gate 1, gate 2 and main drum tower which are built in different ages. Hengling drum-tower shows heroism and supremacy among Dong villages, and becomes the symbol of them.
Local people were resting in the Hengling Bridge and Drum-tower, chatting and relaxing. This image is called “Harmony and symbiosis”.
There are three national treasures in Dong Minority: drum tower, flower bridge and great song, in which the drum tower is the symbol of Dong villages. The culture of Dong has close relationships with drum towers, because all the major activities are held in drum towers, making the carrier and essence of Dong culture. Thus called drum tower culture.
Drum Tower, also called as ‘the cool court’, is the symbol of Dong culture and a unique identity of Dong village.
Huifu Bridge is the local bridge which bless the Dong village in Dong language.
The color of the bridge is based on the material nature, showing the simple and elegant culture of Dong. After hundreds of years, though the building methods are simple, the bridge still keeps solid and stable.
Plaques are hanging all over the top of the bridge.
Colorful paintings are hanging all over the cedar wall of the bridge which mostly tell stories about folklore and national heroes.