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Yunnan - Vietnam Railroad

The old railway from Vietnam to Yunnan offers more historic exploration options.

Yunnan - Vietnam Railroad

The old railway from Vietnam to Yunnan offers more historic exploration options.

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Yunlong Bridge at Yangbi.
The Yunlong Bridge in Yangbi is part of the Southern Silk Road.

Bridges in Yunnan

Yunnan is home to a whole series of ancient bridges.

Some are part of the Burma Road others were part of the ancient Southern Silk Road

Most are functional bridges while others are show-off projects to express wealth and power.

Various materials were used from simple bamboo poles and tree trunks to bridges made of rattan or adobe bricks. The bigger rivers were first crossed by iron chain link cable bridges and some of these spectacular bridges are still around.

The construction of the Burma Road required bridges to be made with high strength steel cables that could carry the load of the trucks on that road.

The Vietnam-Yunnan Railroad has a spectacular bridge, the Ren Zi Bridge, designed by the Eifel design bureau.

Apart from all these ancient bridges there are some quite spectacular modern motorway bridges and high-speed train bridges in Yunnan.

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Rattan bridge in the Pi River Valley.
Crossing a rattan bridge across the Pi River

Pi River Valley

In western Yunnan lays the Pi River Valley.

The valley has several tourist attractions like the old town of Nuodeng that once used to be the capital of the region. The town grew rich of its salt well. Nowadays it is a well preserved place with several guesthouses.

From north to south the Pi River is crossed by a wide variety of bridges. The most impressive are the Huiming Bridge and the Tongjing and Caifeng Bridges. The first is an iron chain double span bridge the later are wooden covered bridges of remarkable size and construction.

Various materials were used from simple bamboo poles and tree trunks to bridges made of rattan or adobe bricks.

The valley has a year round mild climate and is suitable for exploration by bike and on foot.

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Nuodeng salt.
Cooking brine into salt at Nuodeng

Nuodeng Village

In the Pi River Valley, just north of Yunlong town lays Nuodeng village.

Nuodeng once used to be the capital of the region. The town grew rich of its salt well. Nowadays it is a well preserved place with several guesthouses.

The village is a nice place to stay and one easily can spend two days exploring the village and the mountains behind.

Nuodeng can be as well your central location for exploring the Pi River Valley.

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