As a county belonging to Liuzhou Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Sanjiang lies at the joint of Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan provinces. Thus, it’s named Sanjiang, which translates as three rivers converging in Chinese. Sanjiang has the largest population of Dong people, giving rise to its distinctive architectural style characterized by the Drum Tower and the Wind and Rain Bridge.
As a symbol of exquisite building techniques of the Dong people, the drum towers are in the Dong villages and will never fail to attract. Generally, each Dong village has at least one drum tower and some have four or five towers. Most of the drums on the towers are made up of cow skin, functioning as tools for calling people before a meeting or asking for help when an accident occurs.
Another architectural construction that represents unique features of the Dong culture 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 survived the serious floods and remains well preserved present day. If you want to see more 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 experience Dong architecture.