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Sanjiang is located at the connecting point North of Guangxi, Hunan and Guizhou; it is an autonomous region mainly consisting mainly of Dong Ethnic Tribe, which makes up for more than 54% of the people of the whole of the county.
Sanjiang Dong Minority Autonomous County is 7 hours northwest of Gulin, just south of the border with Guzhou Province . The Dong comprise over 50% of the county's 300,000 inhabitants.
Sanjiang's main attraction is the neat, indigo-clad Dong themselves, a people renowned for their wooden houses, Drum Towers and bridges which dot the countryside hereabouts, and it's well worth roving the region with the help of minibuses and converted tractors known locally as "Dong taxis". There's a scattering of simple hostels and places to eat, and villagers will sometimes offer lodgings and sustenance - characteristically sour hotpots, oil tea (a bitter, salty soup made from fried tea leaves and puffed rice), and homemade rice wine - though it's polite to offer payment in these circumstances. Language can be problematic, as many locals can't speak putonghua, let alone English; people are, however, very friendly.
Many visitors head immediately for the lovely Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge about 20km (12 miles) northeast of town, but also attractive and worth exploring are the many Dong villages around Sanjiang. The Dong Ethnic are known for their spectacular festivals. Sanjiang's main attraction however are the neat, indigo-clad Dong themselves, a people renowned for their wooden houses, towers and bridges which dot the countryside hereabouts. It's well worth roving the region with the help of minibuses and converted tractors known locally as "Dong taxis".
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