September 1, 2009

 

 

 

Yingtan Dong village:
It is located on the top of the mountain with a brook winding through.Green trees surround the village, lots of precious yew trees can be found here. They are also known for their architecture, particularly their drum towers, and wind and rain bridges, which just like pavilions for sheltering people during bad weather.
Zengchong Drum Tower:
Standing in Zengchong Village, 82 Kilometres northwest of Congjiang, Zengchong Drum Tower is the largest and oldest drum tower in Guizhou and also a major cultural relic under state protection.
Basha Miao Village:
Only 5 kilometers away from Congjiang and with a highway running right across。Basha is a very special and old Miao Ethnic village. The villagers still practice their unique traditions dating to Qing Dynasty ( about 2200 years ago. Basha village is very little touched by violent modernization. Residents there still live in their wooden houses, practicing centuries-long custom and have their own unique belief.

Tang’an Dong Village :
The country road stretches to the village, which is located on a mountainside and is surrounded by paddy field and lush greens. There are about 800 people and 160 households in the village. The village has a long history, though it hasn’t got any written records of its history. There are village gate, drum tower, drama tower, ancient graveyard, ancient well, and water-powered roller for grinding grain, barns and the pit to worship the female ancestors of Dong people. There are also ancient stone paths and wood houses in the village. All of these make it a perfect place for people to return to nature.
Diping Shelter Bridge:
It is the oldest shelter bridge in Guizhou Province. Constructed in 1883, the bridge is 57 meters long built of firs. There is even not a sketch of the bridge’s construction. Following the traditional architecture technique of Dong Minority, the entire bridge is made of wood with all mortise and tendon joints, without any iron nails. The wind and rain bridge in Diping is the largest of its kind in Guizhou Province. The body of the bridge is divided to three tiers, the largest one in the middle take the shape of a traditional Chinese drum tower….

August 30, 2009

 

As one of the most fascinating ethnic minorities in China, groups of Miao people are everywhere in southwest China, mostly in Guizhou Province. But, if you really want to experience the authentic ethnic cultures, go visit Langde Miao Ethnic Minority Village in Kaili. About 50 kilometers north of Kaili, it’s no doubt a beckoning tourist village.Miao Ethnic Minority is both mysterious and exciting. The Miao people are identified by their dialect, dress, location and other customes. In dress we have Long Skirt Miao, Short Skirt Miao, Black Miao, Flowery Miao and Long Horned Miao. By location there are River Miao and Mountain Miao. The villagers in Langde wear long skirts, hence they are “Long Skirt Miao”. The Miao style houses “Diaojiaolou” and its featured and creative festivals will cause you spell bound.
Located 17 km north of Leishan County, at the foot of a hill and beside a stream, Langde Village is one of the noted Miao villages in the prefecture that opened to the outside world, The village has three village gates. Houses supported by wooden pillars with a suspension roof and twisted corridors are built on the mountain slope. Most wooden buildings were built from 1616-1911,Five streets lead to the village. Two public recreation centers—Flute Center with the ground paved with cobbler, a small cultural museum of the Miaos and the former residence of an insurrectionary general of the Qing Dynasty were built in the village.
The short-skirt Miao village
The Miao’s pleated skirts can be divided into three kinds according to the length: long, mid-length and short skirts.
The depths of the southeastern Guizhou Province mountains are inhabited as the ‘Short-skirt’ Miao. They number 50,000 to 60,000. Some live in Langdong and Kongshen villages of Rongjiang County, while others may be found living in the Datang area of Leishan County. Qingman Short-skirt Miao Village is one of the most typical short-skirt Miao villages near Kaili. Their clothing is distinct and colorful for both casual and holiday wear, which consists of a tunic top decorated with silver ornaments and gorgeously hand-embroidered designs of the dragon, phoenix, fish, bird, and beast, and a hand-knitted skirt no more than 20 centimeters long. This whole costume constitutes an important facet of local folkways.

 

 Langde Miao village:
The villagers in Langde wear long skirts, hence they are “Long Skirt Miao”. The Miao style houses “Diaojiaolou” and its featured and creative festivals will cause you spell bound.Around 500 villagers in ten families, the Langde Miao Village is considered small. Members of the Miao Ethnic Minority, they adopt common habits and customes. Entering the village, visitors would find themselves literarily immersed in works of art.
Datang short-skirt Miao village:
The village situated at the foot of Leigong Mountain. You will be greeted by its friendly villagers and drink the block way wines before entering the village. Its silver ornaments will leave you a deep impression.
Mt. Thunder God:
Located 15 kilometers (nine miles) east of Kaili,It is the highest peak in the mountain ranges of Qiandongnan (southeast Guizhou Province), so Mt.Thunder God is rumored as the place where the God of Thunder lives.

August 30, 2009

 

 

Rongjiang, in the far south-east corner of Guizhou province, has a similar appearance to most modern Chinese towns with a total population of around 250,000, and is an important transport hub connecting Congjiang, Liping and the entire region of Kaili. However, it serves as the base to visit the surrounding Dong villages. Only a half an hour walk to the east of Rongjiang lies the Chejiang Dong villages. They are three villages of varying size, among which Zhanglu village is the most well-known as the cradle of standard Dong dialect. The main source of income here is derived from farming and tourism.
About 30 kilometers away from the northeast of Riongjiang lies a small beautiful Dong village, Zaidang. While tourists in the past have gone to Xiaohuang to hear the famous Dong chorus singing, Zaidang is fast taking over as the discerning backpacker’s choice. This delightful little community is safely tucked away 1.5 hours climb from the main road, limiting the growth of tourism and the inevitable changes that will bring. The architecture is completely traditional and the locals continue to speak their mother tongue. The Dong chorus performance in this village is not to be missed. Composed of soprano, mezzo, alto and even coloratura voices, the local chorus produces an amazingly strong and haunting sound that echoes throughout the village.