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Sanjiang Mapang Drum Tower

Sanjiang Mapang Drum Tower Travel Guide

Where there is a Dong village, there is a drum tower.

The Dong ethnic minority group, who live around the borders between Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan Provinces, is one of the 55 Chinese ethnic minority groups. The drum tower is the group’s symbol, and is a significant venue for the clan’s activities and official business discussions. Each village has a drum tower, with only the building style and height varying between places. The numerous drum towers built in the center of Dong villages are symbols of Dong village.

Mapang Drum Tower is the most well-known tower among the roughly 160 drum towers in and around Sanjiang County which base is 169 square meters. The Mapang Drum Tower is located in Mapang Village, 28 kilometers (over 17 miles) away from Sanjiang County.  The original Mapang Drum Tower was constructed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and over the years has been damaged by fire several times. The drum tower that you see was rebuilt in 1943.  It is especially elaborate; standing 13 stories high, decorated with carved dragons, phoenixes, flowers and birds.

Usually, Mapang Drum Tower is a place for villagers to get together. This is a civilized site contained the oldest culture of Mapang Village. People would like to come here for ceremonies, meetings, festival gathering as well as recreation activates.  During festivals, the villagers will gather together in front of the Mapang Drum Tower, singing, dancing and performing on the lusheng, which is a reed pipe wind instrument used by the Miao, Yao, and Dong Nationalities.

Traffic:

Sanjiang is about 3.5 hours driving way from Guilin city.

DCT Tips:

Zigzaging village road to Mapang Drum tower it takes a long time, so start the earlier the better.

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide
View of Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide

View of Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide

Dancing Show in front of Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide

Inside of Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide

Singing show in front of Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang

The Mapang Drum Tower in Sanjiang, Sanjiang Travel Guide

Sanjiang Mapang Drum Tower

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