Two Dong sisters pose in traditional indigo costume in front of a drum tower in Zhaoxing, Guizhou Province. The Dong people are the 12th largest of China's 56 officially-recognized ethnic groups. They mostly live in eastern Guizhou, western Hunan, and northern Guangxi. They are renowned for their Kam Sweet Rice, polyphonic choir singing, and carpentry skills, as distinguished by their drum towers and wind & rain bridges.
Zhaoxing is located in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of southeastern Guizhou. With more than 4,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest Dong settlements in the region. Of the 840 resident families, 98% are from five clans of the Lu family, each represented in the village by a drum tower, the focal point for community gatherings. While the trappings of modern life are evident in Zhaoxing, Dong traditions are still widely practiced. Seeing a Kam Grand Choir performance is one of the highlights of a visit to Zhaoxing. A scenic hike amongst the rice terraces and villages in the surrounding mountains is also recommended.
Do all of this and more this August by joining us on our Southwest China Cultural Minorities and Classical Landscapes tour to Guizhou and Guangxi. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our message boards.