When I visited Sanjiang in the past, there wasn't much to keep you here busy. It was a small town with little of interest. That has changed. Coming from Longsheng, you are welcomed by a huge Dong tower at the junction to Rong 'an and Liuzhou.
After the tower, there's short but sharp climb before reaching the city center. During my earlier visits there were a few hotels at the west bank of the town. That has changed now.
The East Bank
The east bank is becoming increasingly more interesting for tourists. Right next to the bridge there's a small pavilion with dog towers. Although the pavilion itself might not be much of interest, it was a good place to sit down and have a look at the locals playing cards
Walking further into the new town, you will soon find a large square with a huge Dong Tower. Around the square you will find shops and little restaurants.
Inside the huge Dong Drum Tower you will find an exhibition o the Dong culture
Some of the buildings are not that proper build, see the photo above which gives the place an "old" feeling, despite it's not that old at all.
At the entrance gate to the drum tower, you can find traditional Dong dresses for sale but should you want, you can just wear them to make a photo.
Behind the tower, new "old" traditional Dong houses are being build. The houses are build of concrete after which wood is placed to make the houses look traditional. The construction is almost being finished and will house plenty of shops and restaurants.
The West Bank
Normally I would say the old part of town is more interesting than the new part. In Sanjiang this is disputable. Most interesting in the old part of town at the West Bank is the market. This is the usual coordinated chaos of food, clothes and anything else you need in life. As I was quite late, the food stalls were already closing but it was still really nice to wander over the market and seeing the locals doing what they were doing.
There are some very cheap and decent hotels in the old town.
Should you want to continue to Zhaoxing, just follow the road at the West Bank and the river on your left. It will lead the way to Ronjiang and Zhaoxing
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