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About Dimen

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Dimen, literally means a place where spring water flows out continuously, symbolizes village prosperity and flourishing population.

According to stories from vintage local songs, Dong people have been living in Dimen since the Tang dynasty, with a history of more than a thousand years. There are five villages in Dimen Dong community, with more than 500 families and 2300 people.

Tangible Assets

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The community preserves picturesque village scenery, with tangible cultural assets including drum towers, flower bridges, grain storages, archaic wells and walkways, and traditional housing, as well as botanical treasures such as the near-extinct Chinese Yew tree.

Intangible assets

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The community also preserves intangible assets include Dong folksong and opera, traditional papermaking and cookery, as well as textile weaving, dyeing and embroidering.

Dong folk music

Dong folk music like Dong grand songs, Dong pipa songs, river songs, wine songs are sung in the community for a millennium. One of the Dong hamlets is the hometown of Dong operas and its founder, Wu Wen-Cai.

Lifestyle

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The community continues a self-sufficient, small-scale peasant economy with primitive production means and lifestyles. Vilagers are united and supportive, social and harmonious, passionate and polite, honest and modest.

 

 
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