Daxi bridge 大溪橋 is a suspension bridge in Daxi town in Taoyuan County. It's one of the most famous historic relics and attractions in the area. The first bridge over the Dahan river was already built during the Qing Dynasty and used very simple materials such as bamboo and stones. Under the Japanese rule in 1934 it was turned into a steel suspension bridge. Three decades later the bridge was in bad shape and the KMT government decided to reinforce it with concrete (in 1961). In 1963 a strong typhoon destroyed the foundation of the bridge, so they had to reinforce it. Two decades later in 1986 a new second bridge was built in Daxi and a second road connected the town with the rest of Taoyuan County - subsequently Daxi bridge lost importance. In 1994 a third bridge was built nearby the town and Daxi bridge completely lost its former significance. In 1996 another typhoon damaged the foundation of the bridge and the government decided to reinforce it again. Because the structure was not as strong as the new bridges, they forbid trucks and cars over 12 tones. In 2001 the government decided to add two wooden gates in neo-baroque style, as well as add more concrete pillars as a way of stabilizing the bridge. At last, they decided to close it for vehicles and reserve it only for pedestrians (source). It's today popular with visitors and tourists, who come to Daxi. The bridge is very beautiful during the night, because it's nicely decorated with lights (here a beautiful night photo by Cyber Island).
Check my photos of Daxi bridge from August 2012 right after typhoon Saola:
Dahan River 大漢溪
Zhongzheng Park 中正公園
Zhongzheng Park is the biggest, if not the only park in Daxi town. It's located right above Dahan river and connected with the Daxi bridge by a concrete stairway.
Daxi Bridge 大溪橋
Daxi Presbyterian Church
• Walking further, you can see the famous Wude Hall, formerly a Japanese dojo>>
After my wife and I saw the Old Street and the famous bridge, it was time to go home. We decided to slowly head back to where we started: At the entrance of the Old Street.
If you're into photography, Daxi Bridge and the Dahan River with the surrounding mountains offer some stunning views. It's definitely worth a visit. I would go in the afternoon and wait for night to fall in order to see the bridge adorned with lights as well.
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