Sanjiang Dong Village
About 350,000 people live in Sanjiang County. The county has numerous Dong villages that were built near streams and rivers in the narrow river valleys. For some reason, the Dong preferred to build many tight villages comprised of about 10 to 2,000 houses in their territory instead of bigger towns or independent houses. The houses are traditionally built on stilts and are made of wood. A typical example is the Du Dong of Sanjiang.
Du Dong of Sanjiang is a cluster of about 15 villages where about 45,000 people live. If you visit the stockaded villages, you will see drum towers, the wind and rain bridges, and terraced rice fields. The Dong people are noted for their rice agriculture skills and for breeding good varieties of rice. Dong houses are traditionally two or three stories high and are built on wood stilts. People live on the second floor, the ground floor is reserved for feeding animals and firewood, and the third floor is used as a storehouse for storing food. All the architecture along with the attractive natural scenery forms an exotic landscape painting. See our tours to visit a Dong village.