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The Dong Roofed Bridges

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The Dong Roofed Bridges

Another distinctively Dong cultural feature is the roof covered and enclosed bridge. The natives call this kind of bridge, a 'roofed Bridge' or 'lower Bridge'. These landmark bridges not only serve as passage ways connecting two separate land areas, but also provide local residents with places to meet, relax, socialize, exchange views, and even amuse.

The Dong Roofed Bridges are built with passage ways along both sides where benches and chairs are placed. On many of the bridge walls, murals of traditional folklores are illustrated.

Colorful life activities can be witness in the Flower Bridges.  Flourishing textile tradition is apparent most everywhere. Time-honored traditions of weaving, spinning and dyeing continue to thrive. Long narrow strips of indigo-dyed cloth dry on stony river banks or flat grass fields after soaking the fabric in wooden tubs of pig's blood. Mothers walking to market carry their children in finely embroidered or woven baby carriers of harmonious design.

Yards of handwoven fabric, hung out and shimmering brilliantly after a long dyeing process, billow from a two-story porch of a Dong home. The reverberating sound of dyed cloth being patiently beaten on flat stones by the women becomes everyday "music" drifting through southern Dong villages.

Dong Villages
Zhaoxing      Tang'An      Chengyang     

Culture of Dongs
Sanyuejie Festival      Marriage Customs      Music      New Year      Traditional costumes      Drum Towers      Flower Bridges      Lusheng Festival     
Dong Houses
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