Yu Garden, Shanghai, China

The Nine-turn bridge (Chinese: 九曲桥) or Zigzag bridge is one of the features of Chinese Gardens, where the bridge is designed to turn several times, so one can enjoy viewing different scenes. The bridge is usually made of stones or concrete with decorated guard rails, and the angles of the turns can be at right angles, at any other angle or curved.

The Nine-turn bridge is typically found in Chinese Gardens that were made during the Song Dynasty.[1]

Gardens where the Nine-turn bridges are found

Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Nine-turn bridge in Bihu Park, Taipei

The nine-turn bridge is found in many Chinese Gardens worldwide, or lakes and ponds, natural or man-made.


Zigzag bridge in Japanese Garden

A wooden zigzag bridge in Kōraku-en, Okayama City, Japan

Zigzag bridges are sometimes found in Japanese Gardens, but they are usually a simple wooden bridge without guard rails.

See also


  1. ^ "九曲橋写真 - Google Search". google.co.jp. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  2. ^ "『杭州の西湖十景・曲院風荷』杭州(中国)の旅行記・ブログ by 中国の風景さん【フォートラベル】 – The Ten Scenes of West Lake - Quyuanfenghe (2014)". 4travel.jp. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. ^ "China wants a bold presence in Washington – so it's building a $100 million garden". The Washington Post. 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-07.