Shel­tered bridge

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Three shel­tered bridges in Taishun County, the famous “China cap­i­tal of shel­tered bridge ar­chi­tec­ture” in Wen­zhou, were ru­ined in the af­ter­math of typhoon Mer­anti that swept through Zhe­jiang and Fu­jian prov­inces on Septem­ber 15. Fif­teen of the 33 shel­tered bridges (or “langqiao”) in the county are un­der state-level cul­tural relics pro­tec­tion. The county’s only ex­tent three-storey “langqiao” was de­stroyed in a flood in 1990. The strong­est typhoon to hit China this year, “Mer­anti” was also the strong­est typhoon to hit south­ern Fu­jian since 1949.

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