Photographer's Note

During a mini cruise in one of the most known canals of Xitang, I saw this arch bridge,one of the 104 bridges of the city,with this superb reflection.

Xitang is in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province.

The area has a flat terrain, and the nine rivers that run through the town divide it into eight parts.
Xitang is known for its bridges, lanes, and ceilinged corridors. There are 104 bridges of varied structure, all from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, some looking like rainbows over the river, and others like long flutes.Standing on one of these bridges and watching the boats through a round opening, one feels drawn into deep meditation on the past.

Many of the shops and houses in Xitang are built on the riversides. There are a total of 122 lanes, long and short, wide and narrow. The lanes are paved with stone planks, polished by the feet of pedestrians as well as hundreds of years of weathering. Together with the black-tiled houses along the roads, the polished stone planks bear witness to the town's long history.

An advisor from the UNESCO World Heritage Center spoke highly of Xitang after coming here."Xitang is like the limpid and melodious music of a flute," he said. "People need to appreciate it with their heart."

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