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As a county belonging to Liuzhou Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sanjiang lies at the joint area of Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan provinces. Thus, it’s named Sanjiang, which literally means three rivers converge together in Chinese. Sanjiang has the largest population of the Dong people, giving rise to its distinctive architectural structure characterized with the Drum Tower and the Wind and Rain Bridge.

As a symbol of the exquisite building techniques of the Dong people, the drum towers in the Dong villages will never fail to attract your eyes with their enticing charm. Generally speaking, each Dong village has at least one drum tower, and some have four or five towers. Most of the drums hung on the towers are made from cow skin, functioning as tools for calling people before a meeting or asking for help when accidents happen.

Another architectural construction that represents the unique features of the Dong people is the Wind and Rain Bridge. The most renowned one in Sanjiang is Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, which is located in the Chengyang Village of Sanjiang County. Built in 1916, it fortunately survived the serious floods and remains well-preserved at present. If you want to see more of the local bridges and drum towers, the Dong Ethnic Eco-museum is a good choice. The eco-museum consists of 9 Dong villages including 28 drum towers and 13 bridges, where visitors can have an eyeful of the Dong architecture.

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