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The wind and rain bridge in Chengyang dates from 1916. It's made of wood and stone. On the bridge you will find Dong women, selling clothes and souvenirs. Across the bridge is Chenyang village, an old Dong village, surrounded by rice fields. Nowadays there are some guesthouses and it's getting a little more touristy, but it still feels genuine. The village consists of traditional wooden houses and a nice drum tower, next to the small village square.
Updated Sep 9, 2007
Before we crossed the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, we were stopped and asked to pay an entrance fee of RMB 10 yuan. In return you will received a color broshure with a trail map of the nearby villages. Walking from village to village is fun. Don't be afraid to get lost, just ask the locals by pointing to the map. If you wander too far from your original point of start, just head out to the main road and hitch hike - of course you are expected to pay a few yuan for the ride. There's also a public mini bus servicing the villages every 30 to 45 minutes.
Written May 12, 2005
Noon time is a perfect time to meet locals. Kids and farmers are taking a break or walk home for lunch. Hanging out at the Wind and Rain Bridge is also a good way to meet local ladies. It's a little overwhelming at the beginning since the ladies all want you to buy their handicraft. Just sit down somewhere on the bridge and enjoy your packed lunch, and soon the locals will stop selling you stuff - they are very friendly.
Updated May 12, 2005
According to our inn keeper, there are 8 Dong villages in Chengyang. Each of them has a set date in a month as "market day," where locals will shop till they drop. And this is the perfect day to do people watching - you watch them and they watch you. Check the date with locals as soon as you get there.
Written May 12, 2005
u may rent a bike to go to other Dong village, even after a while u will realize they r the same. anyway, it's quiet and wind is sweet.
Written Jan 3, 2006