Previously, I had said we did not explore Daxu Ancient Town (大圩古镇) alone. A local old man offered to bring us around. He led us walking through a small alley to a century old dock. I was told this is one of several docks remains from the Ming Dynasty (明朝), and it still functions till today. We saw several fishing boats parking at the dock. I wonder are these fishing boats house boats as well, because locals seem to live on the boats. For the first time in as many days, we saw cormorants. Cormorants are fresh water birds commonly trained by fishermen for fishing on the shallow Li River (漓江). Before I came to Guilin (桂林), I had read that one will have to pay to see cormorant fishing. We got to see cormorants for free thanks to that old man, did not get to see cormorant fishing though.
I started to wonder what this old man would ask from us by bringing us around. After all, there is no free lunch in this world, agree? Proved to be I thought too much! Happened to be it was just our lucky day that we stumbled into a warm hearted local folks. The old man only requested to have his pictures taken and sent to him, which I gladly did a couple of weeks ago after coming back from Guilin.
The old man left us to explore Daxu on our own soon afterwards. We continued our journey into the narrow bluestone paved street. I can say almost all of the houses here are still of wooden structures, with colorfully decorated eaves and elegantly carved doors and window frames. I would not mind to live in such houses for some times, what about you? Soon, we came to a bridge, a bridge which you would not want to miss out while visiting the Daxu Ancient Town. The Longevity Bridge it is! Longevity Bridge (万寿桥) was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), thus having a history of approximately 500 years. It is a simple stone arch bridge, but sometimes being simple is beautiful, right? With the Li River at its west side, Longevity Bridge is an excellent place to appreciate the charming scenery of the river and nearby hills across the bank. It is also a great place for locals to dry their blankets and bed sheets in the sun. We took our one and only group photo of 3 on this bridge too. No prize though for pointing out correctly which one is Foong, unless Foong himself agrees to give out the prize!
Have you heard or watched the famous film “Liu Sanjie” (刘三姐) or Third Sister Liu before? The first scene and the first song of this famous film of 1960 were shot here at the Longevity Bridge. Liu Sanjie was cruising on her bamboo raft down the Li River in the beginning of the film. It was when she came under the Longevity Bridge that she began to sing out:
There are flowers on hilltop and it is fragrant at the foot of hill,
There are waters flowing under the bridge and it is cool on the bridge,
I feel injustice,
Thus I sing folk song to release my anger”
I had found a YouTube clip showing this scene after much effort. Can you locate the Longevity Bridge at the beginning of the clip?
We continued to explore the remaining parts of the Daxu Ancient Town after crossing the Longevity Bridge.
It was nearly 1300 and we had not had anything since morning. If you think that our adventure at Daxu ends here, I tell you not quite! There are more to come!
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