Tang’an Dong Ethnic Minority Village – Ticket, Opening Hours, Location, and Highlights

tang'an dong ethnic minority village

Tang’an Dong Ethnic Minority Village (堂安侗寨) is located in Liping County, Guizhou Province, with an elevation of approximately 935 meters. This Dong ethnic village has a history spanning over 700 years, with more than 800 Dong people residing in scattered homes between the “Banbai” and “Jiding” mountain ranges. The majority of the houses face north-south, and the village is primarily inhabited by the Ying and Lu surnames, along with the Pan, Lan, Wu, Yang, and Shi surnames, all living together harmoniously.

Tang’an is one of the four ecological and cultural conservation areas sponsored by Norway in Guizhou. It is a genuine pastoral world surrounded by mountains with crisscrossing paths. Starting from the entrance of Zhaoxing Village, passing through the halfway point of Xiage Village, and reaching the mountain-top Tang’an Village, the route is almost entirely surrounded by terraced fields. This trail is celebrated as a classic hiking route, taking about 3 hours to traverse. Throughout the journey, the landscape is adorned with rolling peaks, cascading terraced fields, and houses nestled on the mountainside, creating a picturesque and orderly scene.

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Basic Information

Estimated Length of Tour3 hours
Ticket PriceFree
Opening Hours24 hours a day throughout the year
Telephone Number0086-0855-6130558

Location and Transportation

Tang’an Dong Village is situated in Zhaoxing Township, Liping County, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province. It is approximately 8 kilometers away from the Zhaoxing Township government office and about 75 kilometers from Liping County.

To reach Tang’an Dong Village:

  1. Take a high-speed train to Congjiang Station (从江站). Upon arrival, head to the right side, where you’ll find the “Dongxiang Long-Distance Bus Station.” Look for the minibus to Zhaoxing Dong Village. Purchase a ticket on the bus (approximately 10 yuan per person), with the last bus departing around 8:30 PM.
  2. Upon arriving at Zhaoxing Dong Village, walk 100 meters forward to find sightseeing buses within the scenic area at the “Zhaoxing Dong Village Parking Lot.” Board a minibus (purchase a round-trip ticket for about 20 yuan per person) to Tang’an Dong Village. Basically, Zhaoxing Dong Village is at the foot of the mountain, while Tang’an is at the mountain’s summit.
  3. After getting off the minibus, you’ll need to walk 1.5 kilometers uphill to reach the top. Alternatively, you can opt to take a local private car for 5 yuan per person.

Highlights of Tang’an Dong Village

Three Gems of the Dong Village

three gems of the dong village in Tang'an

Tang’an Dong Village boasts three cultural treasures, known as the “Three Gems of the Dong Village: Drum Tower, Grand Song, and Wind and Rain Bridge,” and it doesn’t disappoint.

Drum Tower: Standing prominently in the center of the village, the towering Drum Tower is a distinctive landmark. In Dong ethnic villages, the Drum Tower is not just a building; it serves as a gathering place for meetings and discussions, often symbolizing a condensed spiritual home for the community.

Stage by the Drum Tower: Adjacent to the Drum Tower, the stage is where the Dong people showcase their artistic talents. During Dong opera performances, the atmosphere is lively and festive, with performers on stage passionately singing, and the audience below thoroughly enjoying the show.

Wind and Rain Bridge: Originally constructed to provide shelter for those working in the fields, the Wind and Rain Bridge is a picturesque addition to the village. However, its most cherished moments come when unmarried Dong youth gather on the bridge, especially on summer nights. As groups of young men play traditional instruments like the pipa, they serenade their beloved on the opposite side with enchanting love songs. Meanwhile, young women engage in needlework, using various song lyrics to test the wit and sentiment of the young men. The Wind and Rain Bridge becomes a vibrant and romantic meeting place, filled with the melodies of music and the poetic exchange of affection.

Piao Well

piao well in tang'an dong village

Perched beside the Drum Tower, there is a refreshing spring known as Piao Well. This well, flowing steadily throughout the four seasons, provides coolness in summer and warmth in winter. Constructed with blue stones, the well resembles a wooden ladle, hence its name. Piao Well is crucial to Tang’an’s existence at an altitude of 935 meters, ensuring a vital water source. The clear and sweet water from Piao Well is not only cherished by the villagers but also draws residents from as far as 7 kilometers away in Zhaoxing, who regularly come to collect its pristine water.

Tang’an Terraced Fields

tang'an dong village terraced fields

En route from Zhaoxing to Tang’an, the landscape is adorned with vast and enchanting terraced fields, a spectacle to behold. During spring, the terraced fields, filled with spring water, resemble mirrors reflecting the sunlight, creating a dazzling white expanse. In summer, the slopes are covered with lush green seedlings, a vibrant sea of green. Autumn transforms the scenery into a golden-hued panorama of ripened rice, while winter imparts a serene atmosphere with a sense of mountain chill and slender water streams. What makes Tang’an’s terraced fields unique is their construction – unlike most terraced fields made of mud, these fields are meticulously crafted with stones. Perhaps due to the steep terrain and abundance of stones in the mountains, creating flat land for cultivation was challenging, leading to the innovative use of stones to build these terraced marvels.

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