A two hour drive is not what most people want to do when they start their day, but this transfer from Longsheng to Sanjing is full of great scenery and in a private car, you can stop whenever you want for photos.
Once reaching the Dong Autonomous County in Northern Guangxi Province, you will visit Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. This unique foot bridge is a combination of several Chinese architectural elements all fused into one. It is traditionally explained as painting, bridge, corridor, veranda, and Chinese pavilion, all in one; confused yet? It is unique!
New by Chinese standards having only been built in 1916. Made of stone, wood and tile, a great sample of old-fashioned construction in old China.
Next head to the Mapang Drum Tower, of all the remaining drum towers of the Dong People this maintains the highest importance. It is located within the countryside near its name sake Mapang Village. Sadly the original Mapang Drum Tower built during the Qing Dynasty has been damaged but due to its' importance has been rebuilt, most recently in 1943.
In the afternoon, drive about 3.5 hours to Zhaoxing. Here you will visit the Tang'an Dong Village, located about 6 km. (4 mi.) east of Zhaoxing, which was completed during the Qing Dynasty. It is different from the other Dong Villages you will have experienced so far. The difference will be highlighted by your guide but perhaps better seen with your own eyes from an aerial view showing the different roof shapes as each structure is different. Overnight at Zhaoxing.