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Liu Sanjie Was Filmed Here At Longevity Bridge

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.

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Walked through a small alley

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Stone paved street

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Old wooden house

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Elegantly carved doors & window frames

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Dock is just in front!

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Fishing boats

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Look like house boat to me (click for wallpaper size)

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Cormorants

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Closer look on those cormorants

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.

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The old man & me

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Warm hearted old man

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Portrait

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He wrote his address on this paper and passed it to me

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!

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He left us

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Beautiful sight (click for wallpaper size)

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A trishaw

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Lanterns in front of ach house

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Random shot!

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Li River scenery

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Longevity Bridge

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On the Longevity Bridge

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Lion statue on the bridge

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Dry blankets and bed sheets on the bridge

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Li River scenery from Longevity Bridge (click for wallpaper size)

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Bushes

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Unique house on the river bank

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Do washing by the river

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Fishing

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Group photo

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:

“嗨哎──
山顶有花山脚香,
桥下有水桥面凉,
心中有了不平事,
山歌如火出胸膛”

“Hey…
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?


《刘三姐》 划竹藤沿江游唱

We continued to explore the remaining parts of the Daxu Ancient Town after crossing the Longevity Bridge.

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Town at the other end of Longevity Bridge

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I just like the carvings on doors and windows!

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Calm and serene! (click for wallpaper size)

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Gate?!

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Small alley leading to another dock

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Lanterns hanged in front of the house

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Motorized trishaw

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Gate?!

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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8 comments to Liu Sanjie Was Filmed Here At Longevity Bridge

  • foongpc

    Oh! So you already mailed him the photo! Actually what did he talk to you ah? I wasn’t with you cos I did not understand what he was telling you.

    Thanks for the video! Such an old show but it’s on Youtube? Amazing. The scenery looks almost the same like now! So that’s the bridge in the video!

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    • jam

      To be honest, I was just entertaining him when I talked to the old man. I also did not understand large part of our conversation as he talked in local Guilin dialect.

  • Bengbeng

    Jam, u have the most awesome pics. B/w works wonders in this post.

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  • I like all the picts. Good job!

    Never heard of Liu Sanjie.

    As for Foongpc, is he the one on the right with a cap? Hehe

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  • Jam, I downloaded all the 13 short Youtube clips of Liu San Jie!! Comparing the pictures then in 1961 and now, the place was so much more peaceful and nostalgic. You don’t see hordes of tourists and the river was so calm with mirror-like qualities. I love the scenes with reflection of the hills and sky in the calm river of 1961.

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    • jam

      Definitely tourist activities have one way or another affecting the surrounding environments on Li River. Yulong River is much more peaceful and serene in my opinion.

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