The drum towers of Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing (肇兴) has emerged from its stunning natural seclusion as a drawcard for visitors looking to experience life in a Dong minority village.

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The traditional wooden housing is overshadowed only by the ‘wind and rain’ bridges, reminiscent of a fantasy epic. Then there are the five drum towers that call forth generations of ritual and celebration.

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Away from the main streets, Zhaoxing remains a working and farming village, where most people still speak only their native Dong language and little has changed for generations.

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The scenery in the village is super lovely, even though this place is absolutely a tourist magnet. Traveling there is super convenient, there are countless hotels, restaurants and loud chinese tour groups. In my eyes, this place isn’t absolutely authentic anymore. I love it when small minorities share their culture with us visitors, but here it seems that the village became a money making machine so I just stayed for one night. Undeniably, the surroundings are super beautiful.

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But also the city itself is really beautiful. As I already introduced, the drum towers are remarkable for the village. You can basically see them from everywhere

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The river running through the village:

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The local Miao-minority people often wear the very traditional clothes:

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The show, presenting the songs and dances of the village is also pretty good:

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In the night, you I climbed a small hill behind the village in order to see the lights from above. you can distinguish the remarkable drum towers.

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That was my last destination in the Province Guizhou, next destination was Sanjaing in Guangxi Province. Stay tuned!

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