China in My Eyes

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Yunnan and Guangxi

A traditional Dong drum tower in a village in Sanjiang, northern Guangxi, taken early in 1992. Men held meetings in towers like this.

A Traditional Dong Drum Tower

A Traditional Dong Drum Tower in Guangxi

The Dong live mainly in Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan. Their population in the 2010 census was 2,879,974.

The Dong trace their origins back to about the third century bc. They speak a Thai language and are primarily agricultural. Dong architecture features covered bridges and multi-storey drum towers.


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Hani People

Dai People 

Yi People

Yao People