Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Zengchong Dong Village

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Zengchong Dong Village

by Live in Guizhou

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Located 50 kilometers northwest of Jingxian County of Guizhou, edged by an enchanting stream almost on all sides, Zengchong looks like a marvellous oval gem, embedded exquisitely among pretty hillsides with greeneries of all sorts- banyan trees, bamboo patches, terrace fields, etc.

Like the old town of Lijiang in Yunnan, cobbled lanes, enveloped by beautiful houses, winds along water channels running through all parts of the village. Limited open space in this small village is filled with ponds that are essential for fire protection as most of the houses are old and wooden. Unusually there are also a couple of very old stone houses.

Admire the remarkable Zengchong drum tower – the oldest and best-preserved Dong drum tower in China, dated 400 years ago. It stands in the village centre square, beside a big rectangle pond. The drum tower plays an important role for people of the Dong nationality. It not only serves as a political center for assembly, but also as a multi-functional place for sacrificial ceremonies and other recreational activities. The tower also acts as court to settle disputes. During an emergency, it also serves as a command post where the leader beats the drum to assemble the villagers. Every Dong village has a drum tower, which has become an important symbol for its people.