Photographer's Note

The Dong people form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China, and are famed for their 'wind and rain bridges'. They live mostly in Guizhou, Hunan, and Guangxi provinces of China.

The Dong language is a Tai-Kadai (or Zhuang-Dong) language. An alfabet-based orthography was developed in 1958, but it is not used very much, due to a lack of printed material and trained teachers.

This picture was taken during a walk in the hills around Zhaoxing, a traditional Dong village that boasts no less than five drum towers. The hills were teeming with people gathering firewood.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2815 W: 35 N: 5734] (30602)
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