A beautiful Dong minority village with 5 Drum Towers
decorated with lively paintings, a number of graceful Wind and
Rain Bridges and traditional wooden houses, Zhaoxing is one of
the most attractive destinations in Southwest China for those
who seek to witness living minority cultures.
Fortunately not a destination catering to massive Chinese
tourists, Zhaoxing remains peaceful and vibrant with Dong
life: women weaving cloth, making Dong costume, vendors
selling fresh vegetable and meat on the street. The local
people are very friendly. Many women wear traditional
costumes. There are many opportunities for day walks to the
beautiful surrounding rice terraces and other equally pretty
small Dong villages.
We chanced upon a celebration for building a new house.
Almost a hundred people were invited. The banquet was set on
the square in front of the Drum Tower, just opposite to the
new house. There were lots of gifts being presented to the
host: white and pink glutinous rice in wicker baskets and rice
wine. When dinner was served, men sat at the big tables while
women and children gathered around the small tables. When we
took pictures, people invited us to join them.
The specialty of this banquet is a type of red sliced pork
as red color brings good luck in Chinese tradition. We thought
it might be spicy. But there were no flakes of pepper. The
pork was boiled, and not spicy. Later, we were told that the
red color was the fresh blood from the heart of a pig that
they killed just before the banquet.
Getting there and away:
- Sanjiang (三江), Guangxi - Zhaoxing
bus station has two daily buses to Zhaoxing
directly.(7:00am, 11:30am), (Y18, 4.5 hours).
- Zhaoxing -> Luoxiang -> Congjiang
There is no
bus service between Zhaoxing and Luoxiang except on
Luoxiang's Market days. Only tractors run between these two
places. Luoxiang has buses leaving for Congjiang 7 times a
day. (Y11.-, 1.5 hours).
See Map: Yangshuo to Kaili
See Map: Zhaoxing and the surrounding Dong
Lulu's Home Stay 露露酒店 (Map: H1): Tel: 0855-6130112, 13885531585.
We stayed at this guest house set beside the river
crossing the village. It offers clean rooms with shared
facilities. Click here to see the pictures of this
guesthouse and the beautiful surroundings.
The Culture Hostel - Wenhuazhan Zhaodaisuo 文化站招待所 (Map: H2)is more centrally located. (Y20 per
bed). Tel. 0856-6130005. The owner Mr. Zeng is very friendly.
We ate at A Mei's restaurant 阿妹餐馆 (Map: R) on the main street, very nice， fresh
and cheap food (Y10 with meal, Y3 for vegetables).
Other Destinations in the region: Zengchong, Xijiang, Sister's Meal Festival.
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