Arab Today, arab today bridging hope and history
Last Updated : GMT 00:23:52
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Bridging hope and history

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Bridging hope and history

Beijing - XINHUA

For more than seven centuries the bridge had been where village elders gather to gossip and lovers meet to whisper sweet nothings. It is also where the young and adventurous set off to make their fortunes and families part and unite. Huanxiu Bridge was very much part of the scenery in Chengkan, Anhui province and had guarded the village so long that no one really noticed it anymore. That is, until it collapsed during a flash flood in June this year and was swept away. The torrents destroyed not just the wooden pavilion on top of the bridge, but also the stones that bolstered the central arches, leaving only parts of two piers. \"It happened within a second,\" says Zhen Xinxue, an 82-year-old villager, as she gazed at the remains of the bridge. \"Boom! It was over. I was so scared. That was the largest flood I had ever seen.\" Zhen is not the only one who found it hard to accept the destruction of the bridge. As soon as the flood receded, villagers went downstream to search for the remnants of the bridge. While the stone foundations were still lying in the river, the wooden parts had all been washed away. The villagers trekked miles along the river to salvage anything they could find, and identified the wooden components by the particular tenons and joints, and inscriptions. Neighboring villages joined in the effort. Fang Shunlai, manager of the Chengkan Tourism Company, stopped the regular clearing of debris in the waterway as soon as he heard about the incident and rallied his own teams to join the recovery. One month later, as much as 75 percent of the broken wooden parts of the bridge has been collected, and the bridge is now looking forward to a resurrection and a new connection to its storied past. Built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Huanxiu Bridge is the oldest of its kind in Huizhou, a historical region in Anhui province, famous for its architectural heritage. Hui-style architecture, one of the major genres in ancient Chinese structures, is known for its signature combination of gray tiles and white walls. The area is still full of clusters of exquisite homes, ancestral halls and memorial archways. \"Huanxiu Bridge is like the soul of this area,\" says Zhang Jianping, a photographer who has been taking pictures of Hui-style architecture for more than two decades. \"It might look primitively simple, but its granite deck, wooden pavilion and gray tiles all represent the essence of different times,\" Zhang says. Huanxiu Bridge, along with 48 other structures in the village, was listed as a major historical and cultural site protected at the national level by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, making Chengkan the only village in China with so many national treasures.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today bridging hope and history Arab Today, arab today bridging hope and history

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape

GMT 11:11 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Turkey says ends its military operation

GMT 07:53 2017 Thursday ,30 March

Turkey says ends its military operation
Arab Today, arab today Wadih al-Azzazi calls for activating news coverage

GMT 19:29 2017 Thursday ,30 March

Wadih al-Azzazi calls for activating news coverage
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn

GMT 10:42 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn
Arab Today, arab today Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today 'Underwater wasteland' worries

GMT 10:32 2017 Thursday ,30 March

'Underwater wasteland' worries
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China

GMT 09:16 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China
Arab Today, arab today Uber grounds self-driving cars

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,27 March

Uber grounds self-driving cars
Arab Today, arab today Singer Rowida Attiya will issue a new song

GMT 07:38 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Singer Rowida Attiya will issue a new song
Arab Today, arab today Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

GMT 08:39 2017 Wednesday ,29 March

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 09:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Trump poised to roll back climate protections

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 07:50 2017 Thursday ,30 March

Breaking trans barriers one barbell

GMT 09:02 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Laptop ban sparks ire

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday