2014-06-20

Sanxiantai Dragon Bridge | The Footbridge of Three Immortals

Sanxiantai is a small island on the east coast of Taiwan, of Chenggong Township, Taitung County. Strange rock formations are everywhere, including three huge rocks by the legend: the three immortal saints Lyu-Dongbin, Li-Tieguai, and He-Xiangu. Sanxiantai or Sansiantai means "Three Saints Island" and can only be reached by crossing an eight-arch bridge designed to look like waves. 

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The Eight Arches Bridge takes over the ocean to a small island. It's quite the view, even with the unwelcoming rain. The Three Saints had taken their rest; they left three footprints. These are the three massive rocks that dominate the small uninhabited island. A neck of land once connected the island to the rest of Taiwan, but over the millennia, this wore away. However, the striking arched bridge connecting the island to the mainland is not as old as you might think. 

It was built in 1987 – before that, anyone without a boat wishing to visit the island had to wait till low tide and wade over. The bridge's eight arches, gently undulating, capture the rhythm of a Chinese dragon as it traverses the space between land and island. It is known locally as The Eight Leaped Bridge. It is reminiscent of the architecture of ancient Chinese temples, indicating that this is a place that should be revered by those who visit. 
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Sanxiantai Arch Bridge


The bridge and island are locally very famous, and many tourists come to take in the views and enjoy the pristine natural surroundings. However, situated in the relatively isolate county of Taitung (which has a population of little more than a quarter of a million), the place is never overwhelmed with visitors. Although Taiwan’s twenty-two million people are predominantly Han Chinese, the area around Sansiantai is home to good-sized communities of two aboriginal people known as the Amis and the Yami but with others from the remaining 12 happily mingling in.

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