Under a heavy cover of snow, the bridge appears ‘broken‘ from a certain angle. The play of light on the white snow causes a visual effect which makes Broken Bridge look like it is in two parts.
Tourists on Broken Bridge, Hangzhou
West Lake in Hangzhou has many beautiful bridges, all with poetic names.
Willow Bridge, West Lake, Hangzhou
Broken Bridge has a well-known folk story connected to it. White Snake was a snake who, after meditating and discipling herself for thousands of years, metamorphised into a beautiful woman. When she fell in love with a young physician, they married and lived happily. Bai Suzhen – Lady White Snake – helped Xu Xian – the young physician – heal the sick.
Lady White Snake, Leifeng Tower, Hangzhou
A Buddhist monk tries to warn Xu Xian that his wife is really a ‘snake demon’, and she drinks a type…
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Thanks for the reblog, Lloyd 🙂
You are welcome. I’ve been to the Westlake several times, and I learned something new about it from your post.