The zig-zag bridge – also referred to as the nine-turn 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 follow a straight path for whatever reason.
In actual fact, these bridges are mostly decorative features based on the Zen principle of mindfulness. Their non linear construction is designed to force one’s attention on the HERE and NOW and to slow one’s pace to take pleasure in the skilfully cultivated landscape around.
Happy travels…no matter where life takes you.