The Chinese Zigzag Bridge

The zigzag bridge is a common feature in classical Chinese gardens. According to local lore (and tourist guides!) zigzag bridges and paths are said to confound evil spirits that can only walk straight lines for whatever reason! But in actual fact, these bridges are mainly decorative features based on the the Zen principle of mindfulness. Their non linear construction forcing one’s attention on the here and now…….and slowing one’s pace just enough to take pleasure in each element of the skillfully cultivated landscape around.

Bridge - Humble Adminstrators Garden, Suzhou
A zigzag bridge in the Humble Adminstrator’s Garden, Suzhou

Do check out my post on the canals and gardens of Suzhou. And while you are there you might want to spare a moment to admire the genius of I M Pei.

Happy travels……… matter where life takes you.