Dong An Bridge is a large stone bridge in Guanxi Township of Hsinchu County, that dates back nearly 100 years back to the Japanese Era in Taiwan. It has become a popular destination to visit and take photos. It is definitely worth a stop on your next visit to Hsinchu.
Because of the Niulan River that cuts through Guanxi Village, the people here have long relied on bridges to stay connected. The first iteration of the Dong'An bridge was a wooden bridge that was quickly destroyed during a flood. After that, the local people banded together to build the bridge in 1933, with the help of Japanese architects and using local stones. The bridge was opened in 1935. The local people donated over 2000 Yen to build the bridge.
As you can see, the bridge lasted the test of time.
In 2010, the bridge was declared a historical monument.
The bridge was also featured in the films "Ghost Love Letter" 《鬼情書》in 2008 and Our Time
From January to April 2020 the bridge underwent renovations (as documented below)..
Now it has become a popular Instagram location.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: The bridge is along Zhongshan Road in Guanxi Village. It's hard to miss. There is free parking on the side of the road.
By bus: You can get there by bus from Hsinchu City in about an hour, or from Longtan in half an hour.
Please see below:
I have been to Guanxi's Dongan Bridge once. It is a nice place for a stroll and taking photos. I admit I found out about this place because of Josh Ellis. You should read his blog on the bridge here.
If you are hungry there is some roast chicken just ten minutes away.
When I was there it seemed like they were renovating the bridge. It totally obstructed the view here.
View of the bridge through the trees.
Do not swim in the ankle-deep water.
Bridge with scaffolding in the middle, it appears they are reparing the south part of the bridge.
And you can't walk any further beyond this point.
Side view of the bridge.
Riverfront walkway with a very European feel.
Name plate of the bridge above.
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