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Scattered throughout China’s countryside are some of the most breathtaking examples of ancient Chinese architecture. Not only that, many of them are steeped in history, dating back centuries, with a story to tell. From stone arch bridges, to suspension bridges, many smaller Chinese towns and villages have bridges that will appeal to both the casual traveler and the architectural enthusiast.
Yujin Bridge is one of the most beautiful sights in the ancient town of Shaxi, which is located in Jianchuan county, Yunnan (about an hour and a half away from Dali). The bridge is an aesthetically pleasing stone arch “moon” bridge crossing the Heihui River. Looking from the banks of the river, the bridge cuts an attractive figure set against the mountains in the distance, and from the top of the bridge the view of the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Yujin bridge was built in the Qing dynasty, damaged during years of war and turmoil, and repaired in 1931.