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Remains of Longteng Bridge in Sanyi

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There is an interesting story about the town of Longteng that is revealing of the superstitious beliefs that local people once held. When the first settlers started to cultivate land in the area, they believed that Liyu Lake, located nearby, was inhabited by a carp spirit which brought hardship to the people. In order to overcome this evil spirit they planted yuteng (a poisonous plant) in the Longteng Mountain area. At the same time they gave the mountain in the east the name Guandao Mountain (lit. Guan Sword Mountain) hoping that the Sword Mountain would cut the Yuteng Rattan. In this way, they hoped to poison the evil carp spirit. The ploy must have been effective, for people no longer believe that the evil carp spirit harms the people of Longteng. In the morning of April 24, 1935 a strong earthquake hit central Taiwan. lts epicenter was near Mt. Guandao, and many buildings in the Sanyi district were destroyed. A reminder of this earthquake remains in the ruins of the arched bridge over Long River. It can be seen from the railway line between Sanyi and Houli.

The ruins of Longteng Bridge join Chengxing (Shengxing) Station as one of the top-two visitor attractions on the Jiushan tour route. This historic span is notable attraction both for its simple beauty and as a memorial to the two major earthquakes that severed the bridge twice at the fifth northernmost pier, including damages caused by the 921 Earthquake in September 21, 1999.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)
TEL:
+886-37-352-961
Address:
County Road Miao-49, Longteng Village, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County
Longitude/Latitude:
120.773818/24.358708
Web:
Remains of Longteng Bridge in Sanyi Links
Transportation:

Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Sanyi Interchange → Township Road Miao-51 → Prov. Hwy 13 → Township Road Miao-49

Public:

Take the train to Sanyi Railway Station, continue by taxi.

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