According to a tradition of Dong ethnic group in China, the birth of a child is celebrated for the arrival of a new member to the family. Thus, they plant a fir tree. When this child becomes an adult, he proceeds to cut the tree to build the timber into a new home for his young. The relationship between the Dong community and the use of wood has reached levels that could even classify as an art, including a bridge that is almost one hundred years. It is supported on piles of rock without using any nails or rivets.
Renowned for their ability to build with wood, dong bridges are examples of admirable architectural style. Almost as in a lost world or stories, some of the dong masterpieces are protected as by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
One of the best spots to see the traditional dong people is in the area of Chengyang in Guangxi, which is four hours from Guilin. In the area, remain several villages (the most visited are Ma’an Pingzhai, Yanzhai, Chengyang Dazhai, Pingpu, Pingtan, Jichang and Guangdong) which seem to have not been too aware of the changing modern world.
The majority settled in the province of Guangxi. The Dong people are not very numerous. There are only about 30 homes on average, always built in wood and with no more than two floors. Dong traditions have deployed over thousands of years a completely sustainable way of life, hand in hand with agriculture.