Zhaoxing Dong Village, located in Liping County, southeast of Guizhou Province, is one of the largest Dong Villages in Qiandongnan area, boasting the largest Dong drum tower complex in China. All the buildings in the village are wooden-stilt houses. This is a picturesque village noted for the beautiful natural sights and unique ethnic flavor. It is surrounded by verdant mountains with a crystal stream running through.
The drum tower, being built of wood, is the distinguishing mark of a Dong village, that is to say, every Dong village has its own drum tower. The tower represents luck and prosperity. In Zhaoxing, there are five drum towers, which are known far and wide for their unique styles. Each of them has a particular name and virtue. These are Ren (benevolence), Yi (righteousness), Li (courtesy), Zhi (wisdom) and Xin (faithfulness). They differ in method of construction, external appearance, height and size. Among the five towers, the Zhi Tower is the most beautiful. The drum tower is the place where Dong People gather for meeting and entertainment and there is even a place for sacrifices during January of Chinese lunar calendar.
If you want to escape noisy city life and would like to experience a special rural life, the Dong village is the best choice, and people can choose to stay there for several days. The local customs and lifestyle are well preserved. Residents won™t change their own daily lives with visitors come here.