There are a lot of ethnic ecological villages in Guizhou province, encompassing ethnic Miao, Dong, Buyi, and Han. And among the Dong ecological villages, the most famous one is Tang’an village. This is due to Tang’an has the only ethnic Dong ecological museum in China that is built by the ecologists from both China and Norway. But when I was in Tang’an, I couldn’t find the museum. Heard this museum is just a small wooden house, but I had asked the local people along the road and still couldn’t see it!
I’m sure you would wonder why the ecologists classified Tang’an as Dong eco village, but not the nearby Zhaoxing and Luoxiang. The reason is because Tang’an has rich culture of ethnic Dong and it has affected the surrounding Dong villages. That means, the culture from Zhaoxing and the other nearby Dong villages is came from Tang’an. Just like the other Dong villages, Tang’an has drum tower and Fengyu (means wind and rain) bridge. It also has theater, stilt house, flagstone path, well, and ancient tombs. And all these old buildings and rice terraces blend together naturally and beautifully.
The photographers in China appraise that Tang’an has beautiful sunset and Jiabang has beautiful sunrise. Although Tang’an rice terraces are not sizable as compared to Jiabang rice terraces, but it has its own charm too. It was a bad weather when we were there, no beautiful sunset to be seen but accidentally we saw the fire in Zhaoxing even though we were far away from Tang’an. My friend who travelled with me was so worried that the hotel we stayed at Zhaoxing might have affected from the fire, but the location of the fire was far from our hotel. For sure it’s no impact to us. However, the fire had burnt down 2 houses. Luckily, no one was hurt from the fire.
When we were waiting for sunset at Tang’an, we met a group of photographers from Guangdong province. The photographer group leader, Mr. Chen, advised us to wait longer to see the burning cloud. But after that, the rain became heavier and for sure no chance to see the burning cloud. What I saw was those photographers ran to the bus like drenched chicken. Just after a while our car drove down the hill, the storm broke. Not only that, the thick fog had caused poor vision. As the hilly road in Tang’an is very narrow, our driver Mr. Yang has to stop the car at one side for safety reason.
However, the strong wind seemed like could blow away our car. Our car kept on swung and this really made us worried. Mr. Yang told us that we couldn’t stay there anymore, had to go downhill to Zhaoxing as soon as possible. Otherwise, the fierce storm may cause the road to collapse, rocks and trees may fall down too. He said the car had to move if the wind became weaker and the car had to stop if the wind became strong. Therefore, the car was then stop-and-move for several times until we reached Zhaoxing. Thank God, we are safe!
One can get chartered car service from Zhaoxing to Tang’an. Basically when you walk on the main street in Zhaoxing, there will be people approach you for chartered car service. It’s CNY160 for half day, but I guess it can be bargained until CNY120. As we already had chartered car service from tour agency to travel around Southeast Guizhou region, we didn’t need to get a separate car to Tang’an. Of course, you can walk from Zhaoxing to Tang’an. If I come alone, i will walk too.
I didn’t see any hotel or guest house in Tang’an, visitors are usually staying at Zhaoxing.