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Dong Village

Dong Village

Dong Minority is a Chinese southern minority with a long history and rich culture. It is a group with fine craftsmanship in weaving, knitting, embroidery and silver making. Dong people prefer to tie their head with cloths and their dressing are gorgeous in kinds of styles; all the cloths are made by themselves and mainly in blue, white, green, purple and black. They are also fond of silver jewelry.

Dong people are traditionally living on rice with skilled cultivating on famous terraces. It is also an ethnic group skilled in wooden architectures with no nails. In the stockaded villages, drum towers, the wind and rain bridges, and terraced rice fields are in large number, including the famous Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge and Sanjiang Drum Tower.

Sanjiang Dong Minority Autonomous Country is in the sub-tropic wet climate area of Nanling Mountain, and belonged to the Mountain and Valley climate area, with a lot of rain. The annual average temperature is 18.3 degree centigrade.

In Sanjiang Dong Village, there are abundant folk wooden houses that are built by the rivers and rivulets in the narrow river valleys. The Dong prefer to build many tight villages at an altitude of 500 to 1000 meters comprised of about 10 to 2,000 houses in their territory instead of bigger towns or independent houses. The houses are traditionally built on stilts and are made of wood and two or three stories high. People live on the second floor, the ground floor is reserved for feeding animals and firewood, and the third floor is used as a storehouse for food. All the architecture along with the attractive natural scenery forms an exotic landscape painting.

Visitors here can experience the simple pleasures of Dong people and are easily caught up by the folk songs and immersed in this old village.