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Douglas M
By Douglas M
A Bridge Not Too Far
Aug 2019
The last few weeks in GuangZhou have been baking hot, well over 30C with humidity of around 80%, so SWMBO and I have been reluctant to venture forth from our air-conditioned apartment. However, yesterday even though only a degree or two cooler we decided to visit ShiJing Bridge which isn’t too far away. SWMBO packed her bag with the essential of spare t-shirts, umbrellas, face flannels, tissues and a box of peach and melon slices. I’m sure other things go in as we never seem to be short of anything. I just crammed my mobile and selfi-stick into my man-bag, the thought of lugging my new Pentax r70 around in the heat of the day was just too much. We strolled from the apartment to the bus stop and caught the #795 bus to the Line 2 FeiXiang Metro station. The street outside the station acts as a terminus for many buses and we wanted the #742 which would take us to very near the bridge. Starting at the terminal meant we could get a seat. The bus stands are numbered so no problem finding it. SWMBO reckoned XiaoPing Interchange was the stop we wanted, and we settled down to enjoy the air-conditioning and the journey through the sprawling and crowded suburbs of GuangZhou. The bus was a bit of a rattler but at the standard 2 Yuan for journey, which turned out to be 30 minutes, I just gritted my teeth. We staggered of the bus at XiaoPing and then walked about 100 metres further on and over the river before crossing the road at the traffic lights. We then followed the river down ShiTan Lu and within 50 metres we could see ShiJing Bridge. It’s a lovely old stone bridge. There’s a small plaque next to it giving a brief history. The bridge was built in 1831, it 68 metres long and 3.8 metres wide. On 4th January 1859 (this would have been during 2nd Opium War) the British were chased away from it but not before a cannonball punched a hole in it. Well, there’s only one thing to do with an old bridge and that’s to cross it, so we did. I noticed on the ShiTan Lu side there’s a row of holes which I presume was for a barricade to close off the bridge. The arrival of the British cannonball through the parapet must have been a bit off-putting for the defenders! As we approached the far-side I noticed a square three-story red-brick tower had been tacked on which I presume is a much later addition (there’s no information). I couldn’t find stairs up from the ground, but they’ve probably disappeared as the tower has been ‘pacified’ over the years. Unexpected and interesting! Anyway, we walked around and then strolled back across the bridge marveling at how the huge blocks of stone and been put into position. As we approached ShiTan Lu SWMBO noticed a shoe shop and a thought of a new pair of trainers proved a bigger draw than an old bridge. I just patted the stone lions guarding the bridge and waited patiently. As we wended our way back up ShiTan Lu we noticed the YiYong temple. Actually it was a family temple, local school and meeting rooms. There’s notices on it to say there a ‘preservation’ order on it. A peek though the locked doors revealed an unmolested interior. There’s a sign giving a brief history and there’s a reference to the SanYuan Li incident and a ‘visit’ be the British army in 1842 (during the 1st Opium War). We caught the #742 bus back to FeiXiang park from the bus stop opposite where we’d got off. Fingers crossed the temple and the bridge will be developed to become tourist attraction, maybe as part of a river trip from the city.

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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
A Bridge Not Too Far
Aug 2019
The last few weeks in GuangZhou have been baking hot, well over 30C with humidity of around 80%, so SWMBO and I have been reluctant to venture forth from our air-conditioned apartment. However, yesterday even though only a degree or two cooler we decided to visit ShiJing Bridge which isn’t too far away.

SWMBO packed her bag with the essential of spare t-shirts, umbrellas, face flannels, tissues and a box of peach and melon slices. I’m sure other things go in as we never seem to be short of anything. I just crammed my mobile and selfi-stick into my man-bag, the thought of lugging my new Pentax r70 around in the heat of the day was just too much.

We strolled from the apartment to the bus stop and caught the #795 bus to the Line 2 FeiXiang Metro station. The street outside the station acts as a terminus for many buses and we wanted the #742 which would take us to very near the bridge. Starting at the terminal meant we could get a seat. The bus stands are numbered so no problem finding it.

SWMBO reckoned XiaoPing Interchange was the stop we wanted, and we settled down to enjoy the air-conditioning and the journey through the sprawling and crowded suburbs of GuangZhou. The bus was a bit of a rattler but at the standard 2 Yuan for journey, which turned out to be 30 minutes, I just gritted my teeth.

We staggered of the bus at XiaoPing and then walked about 100 metres further on and over the river before crossing the road at the traffic lights. We then followed the river down ShiTan Lu and within 50 metres we could see ShiJing Bridge.

It’s a lovely old stone bridge. There’s a small plaque next to it giving a brief history. The bridge was built in 1831, it 68 metres long and 3.8 metres wide. On 4th January 1859 (this would have been during 2nd Opium War) the British were chased away from it but not before a cannonball punched a hole in it.

Well, there’s only one thing to do with an old bridge and that’s to cross it, so we did. I noticed on the ShiTan Lu side there’s a row of holes which I presume was for a barricade to close off the bridge. The arrival of the British cannonball through the parapet must have been a bit off-putting for the defenders!

As we approached the far-side I noticed a square three-story red-brick tower had been tacked on which I presume is a much later addition (there’s no information). I couldn’t find stairs up from the ground, but they’ve probably disappeared as the tower has been ‘pacified’ over the years. Unexpected and interesting!

Anyway, we walked around and then strolled back across the bridge marveling at how the huge blocks of stone and been put into position. As we approached ShiTan Lu SWMBO noticed a shoe shop and a thought of a new pair of trainers proved a bigger draw than an old bridge. I just patted the stone lions guarding the bridge and waited patiently.

As we wended our way back up ShiTan Lu we noticed the YiYong temple. Actually it was a family temple, local school and meeting rooms. There’s notices on it to say there a ‘preservation’ order on it. A peek though the locked doors revealed an unmolested interior. There’s a sign giving a brief history and there’s a reference to the SanYuan Li incident and a ‘visit’ be the British army in 1842 (during the 1st Opium War).

We caught the #742 bus back to FeiXiang park from the bus stop opposite where we’d got off.

Fingers crossed the temple and the bridge will be developed to become tourist attraction, maybe as part of a river trip from the city.
Written August 16, 2019
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