Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eight-Arch Bridge to Sansientai

Of all the places I visited while in Taiwan, the Eight-Arch Bridge was the most intriguing.
I have never seen a walking bridge with such a unique architecture stretching across the water to another island.
The island of Sansientai (translates to Three Immortals Terrace) in the distance is a nature preserve with three large rock formations. Legend says three of the Eight Immortals from Chinese mythology was here; thus, the three rocks.


It is a hike to get onto the bridge as well as the continuous inclining and declining staircase to get over the arches.
Unfortunately, we only had time to make it through four arches. The winds got stronger as we moved further away from shore to where it felt like we were walking sideways.


Here you have a better view of the up and down motion of travel. It is a workout before you reach the island, but remember to save some energy to make it back to the mainland.


- Karen

26 comments:

cocomino said...

They are so unique bridge. Thank you for sharing.

rainfield61 said...

Thanks for your reminder.

I shall reserve my energy for the return trip.

1ondoncalling said...

Oh this bridge in Taiwan reminded me another one called Kintaikyou in Japan. :)
They look very similar - just different in colour.

Jana said...

woww, the bridge is simply impressive! thanks for showing it to us:-)
PS. if I could I would send u digitally a piece of my chcolate desserts with big pleasure:-)

Filip Demuinck said...

Very special, would like to try it.

Greetings,
Filip

EastCoastLife said...

This is an awesome bridge! I would reserve my energy and visit it on my next trip to Taiwan. :)

1ondoncalling said...

Oh Did you look it up?
The bridge itself is called Kintaikyou.
Located in Iwakuni.

kulasa said...

wow, that really is one unique bridge!! smiling here at your last phrase about having to have the energy to make it back to the mainland :-)

Halcyon said...

A very unique bridge!

La Principessa Errante said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS. What a wonderful piece of architecture.

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh, that's a truly amazing looking bridge, I have never seen one like that before. Thanks for the photo. Taiwan looks far more interesting from your photos, than I ever thought it would be.

momto8 said...

wow!! my daughter is studying engineering and learning how to design bridges..she was impressed with this one...how fun! thanks!

AVCr8teur said...

cocomino: Thanks for visiting.

rainfield61: Yes, you don't want to be left behind after sundown.

londoncalling: Yes, I looked it up after you mentioned it! I did not know there was another similar looking one.

Jana: Haha, I appreciate the digitally sent chocolates.

Filip: Eat a hardy meal first before the long walk.

EastCoastLife: Go try it out the next time you visit!

kulasa: Just a friendly tip. :)

Halcyon: Thanks for visiting!

La Principessa Errante: I agree! Never seen anything like it before.

Jenny: I agree, I never knew Taiwan was so interesting before I visited. I'm glad you also find it so.

AVCr8teur said...

momto8: Maybe your daughter can build an even more unique one some day. Glad to hear you both find it fascinating.

lina said...

Interesting bridge. Like LondonCallinf mentioned, reminded me of one bridge in Japan.

lina said...

Interesting bridge. Like LondonCallinf mentioned, reminded me of one bridge in Japan.

betchai said...

oh, it's very beautiful and very intriguing indeed, if i visit there, i should not skip this one.

Louis la Vache said...

Karen, we need to link this to Sunday Bridges this coming Sunday!

LifeRamblings said...

what an impressive bridge. i don't think i've seen anything like this before.

Louis la Vache said...

Karen, «Louis» linked this to Sunday Bridges.
;-D
It's too good to miss!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a cool looking bridge. I would love to see this one in person some day. Great shots!

Julie said...

Oh, yes. I like the design of this bridge. I wonder if the number of arches helps to moderate the strongs winds of which you speak. Maybe they were there just to attract the touist dollar.

Whichever way, I can see the immense photographic possibilities with these 8 spans.

Jim said...

What a fascinating design. I don't think I've ever seen one like it before.

Riet said...

What a stunning bridge, I never saw anything like it. Beautiful

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very impressive bridge.
I like your photos.

Regards and best wishes

Emm said...

That last photo is just fantastic. You know, I would never have had the foresight to worry about the return journey. It reminds me of the time I made it to the top of a mountain in Cape Town. I love the name of the island Three Immortals Terrace.