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Yinshui Dong Village

Situated 1.5 kilometers to the west of Longsheng County, Yinshui Dong Village is a typical Dong village with picturesque scenery. The village is built in a valley, next to Lehuang Hydropower Station, and the mountain slopes are very steep. The waterfall is like a silver chain hanging off the mountain slope, hence the attractive name of Yinshui: 'Silver Water'.

This village was an ancient village with a long history. the ancestors of Dong nationality settled there early in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). After the hard work and construction of several generations, the village grew into a populous town. Unfortunately, in the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Dong people revolted against the Qing Government. The uprising was put down. In order to escape persecution, the villagers fled into primitive mountains and abandoned their village. Yinshui Dong Village was rebuilt in 1993.

The architecture in the village is quite unique and with a distinctive style. The most renowned structures are the Wind and Rain Bridge, and the Drum Tower with its square piled-eaves. The bridge is a unique integration of bridge, pavilion and corridor.

Dong minority is a distinctive member of the Chinese ethnic groups. The Dong people still retains their unique national identity. Almost everyone of Dong nationality is good at singing their folk songs and dancing. Tourists who visit can also taste the delicacies of the distinctive local cuisine of Dong, such as their sour fish and sour meat dishes.

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