Zig Zag Bridges in China ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Zig zag bridges are common in China, not because they are beautiful (although I think they are), but rather to keep away evil spirits who can only travel in a straight line.  They often lead to serene islands, symbolically taking followers from the chaos and bustle of a city to a peaceful spot.

Possibly the most famous of the Zig Zag bridges in China is the one in Yuyaun Garden in Shanghi.

Crowded Zig Zag Bridge at Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghia, China. Originally built in 1577 during the Ming Dynasty, it fell into disrepair over time. The gardens were renovated in 1949.

Crowded Zig Zag Bridge at Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar in Shanghia, China

Me on a Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China

Me on a Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China

Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China. The bends stop the evil spirits from following.

Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China. The bends stop the evil spirits from following.


Have you seen zig zag bridges in China? Congratulations to everyone who finished the AtoZ Challenge 2014?

AtoZ blogging ChallengeMy 2014 theme: My Photos of AmaZing Places.

This “Zig Zag Bridges” post submitted for the letter Z:

Click here to join us on the challenge. Be sure to check out all the co-hosts and helpers. This year I am a minion for ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

We made it to the end of the alphabet. 
This post also submitted for Wordless Wednesday.



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  1. says

    went back thru some letters…

    spices! i knew you had to mention Dubai (cool to see your photos of the different markets, must be quite an experience!)

    i’ve been to greece, yay me! ha ha

    i need a zig zag bridge – love the look!
    such an awesome trip around the world with Rhonda – i expected nothing less! thanks for sharing your photos!! great job with the challenge =)

  2. says

    Rhonda, Learn something new every day…I didn’t know that. Congrats on making through the A-Z Challenge, I’ve loved reading your posts.

  3. Ann says

    I didn’t know that about the zig zag bridges. It’s keeps out evil spirits and, probably, alligators.

    Congrats on making it to Z. I’ve really enjoyed the fun ways you picked your letters.

  4. says

    I’ve been to those zig zag bridges in Shanghai numerous times. They are always packed and very popular. There is also a fantastic tea house on one of the bridges which is well worth a visit. A lot of dignitaries have been in there as you’ll see from pictures on the wall.

    The gardens and shopping stalls are also a great way to spend the afternoon.

  5. says

    You make me want to visit China more and more. Also, I love the idea of evil spirits only traveling in a straight line 🙂
    I have really enjoyed your A to Z. Thank you!

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    • Rhonda Albom says

      Apparently they also believe the evil spirits can be stopped from entering a doorway with a door frame the we humans have to climb over. Thanks for following.

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