About 6kms away from
Zhaoxing, Jitang is a Dong village and situated on a high mountain.
Jitang is a large village which includes Xintang village, Tangming
village and Zhaigao village. In the front of the village is the
spectacular terraced fields.
There are 3 drum towers
in the village, one in Tangming, the other two in Xintang, all is
made of wood without any nails. The most spectacular one is in Tangming
village. The drum towers in Jitang are provincial level protection
units, they are 5, 9 and 11 stories.
The first drum tower
in Jitang was built in 1538 in the Ming dynasty, after that, the
drum towers were destroyed during the culture revolution, so the
new 3 drum towers were built in the winter of 1980.
Drum tower became
a place for villager gathering, festival activities such as playing
Lusheng, dancing. Of course the 22 seat bus or other smaller cars
can get to the village, but the road from Zhaoxing to Jitang is
In general, Jitang
village is beautiful, less tourists have been there, the village
looks less spoiled by tourists, the landsacpe on the way from Zhaoxing
to Jitang is pretty, and there is a short cut, so it's suitable
for a half day hiking tour.