Photographer's Note

women work as usual, and men look at them sitting in the edge of the street.... I noticed this everywhere in the villages I visited. Maybe that some men were working in the terraced fields?

I shot this picture in front of our hotel, "Zhaoxing Wooden Tower Inn", a very characteristic one, but a bit cold in the winter. Anyway, I enjoyed a lot to stroll along this village! It is perhaps the most lovely Dong people village I saw in my trip.

Zhaoxing is a bigger village in the southern Ding dialect region. The village is divided into five parts according to family groups that each has one roofed bridge and one drum tower. The tallest tower is 25 meters high without any iron nail or rivet. Wooden tenons and mortises connect the tower. Inside the tower are carved figures of people, animals of flowers full of Domg's color. The drum tower is a place where the Dong people gather together for important decision, singing and entertainment.

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