Sites like the Twin Dragon Bridge are become rarer every year. This is the type of place that you have to take the local mini-bus to get to and then show its name written in Chinese to the driver. When he stops to let you off, he needs to point you in the right direction to find it.

When you arrive, there’s no ticket gate or entrance fee, you’re just free to wander around as you please. There’re usually kids playing around the site and local people use it as they always have. Men carry loads of produce balanced over their shoulder. Rice paddies and fields surround it. Water buffalo rest near the river, eating grass when they’re hungry.

The Twin Dragon Bridge is among the 10 oldest in China and features 17 arches. It’s no minor attraction in my mind. But I’m admittedly bridge obsessed.  (See Singapore’s Henderson Waves Bridge)

If you’re in Yunnan Province, make it a point to visit Jianshui, about three hours south of Kunming. It’s a friendly little city of traditional architecture, with the beautiful Chaoyang Gate, the Zhu Family Gardens, and the huge Confucian Temple. The bridge is located 5 km west of Jianshui.

Photos and Text by Stephen Bugno

Stephen Bugno is currently on a three-month trip through China. He blogs at BohemianTraveler.com

Twin Dragon Bridge

tree and Twin Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan China

Dragon Bridge Jianshui city Yunnan Province

man carrying veggetables over Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan

Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan China

side view of Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan

local woman oand bikes near Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan

side view of part of Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan

water buffalo and Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan

paddies

side view of whole Dragon Bridge Jianshui Yunnan China