Hidden away in small villages across China’s Guangxi province are the Dong ethnic group. The Dong are one of China’s 56 ethnic minorities and are primarily located in the SanJiang region, each village, regardless of size, is entered through a traditional Dong style bridge and holds a central courtyard with tower. This National holiday I was lucky enough to spend my time in one of the smaller villages and observe traditional Dong culture, which is famous for it’s songs and dance. With modern day life luring many of the younger Dong generations away to big cities, I wonder how much longer authentic Dong culture will remain. However, even with many of the remaining residents being older, if not retired, the performances were packed with an enormous amount of energy and excitement. A giant banquet followed in the central courtyard, with households throughout the village bringing dishes of various flavour and colour to share with locals and vistors alike.
A few shots from our shoot at Cafe Clark for Kinfolk online China. We were honoured to be the first to shoot kinfolk material here in China. Cafe Clark is on the East side of Beijing, go check it out, great coffee.