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Ethnic Dong Sama Festival Tour - 7 Days

Destination: Rongjiang
Duration: Seven Day
Tour Code: T31
Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:December
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Sama Festival of Dong Ethnic Group


The 1st to 2nd month of the lunar calendar is the Sama Festival. It is the oldest and biggest festival of the Dongs, which is the continuity of the culture in the matrilineal society. The word Sama is in the Dong's language. The word Sa refers to grandmother, and ma means the oldest. Sama means great grandmother. The adoration of the goddess originates from the matrilineal society. The Sa is both the superior and leader of the clan. The Sama Festival is to worship the goddess of the Dongs.


In the Dong dialect. Sama means "great grandmother," and is both the superior leader of the Dong clan and the embodiment of the Dongs' collective ancestors, who have great power and can endow people the strength for winning against enemies, nature and disasters. Sama is also a legendary heroine with great importance in politics, the military and the culture of ancient Dong society.


The Dongs have special reverence for Sama for whom altars and temples have been erected in the villages. The Sama Festival is held to worship the goddess grandmother of the Dong. Men and women, young and old, can all take part in the sacrificial ceremonies. While in the villages of Rongjiang County, only married women are allowed to join this festival, and men are forbidden to participate, except for some senior men with high prestige.


After the sacrificial ceremonies, participants walk once around the village and come to an appointed place and fervidly dance and sing in a circle.

There are diverse theories about the origin of the cult of the goddess grandmother Sama. It is thought by some to be a relic of the times when Dong society was a matriarchal one, whose myths have been enriched throughout history. The culture of Sama has had a profound influence on the social life and historical evolvement of the Dong.




Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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¡¡Day 1 ¡¡Guiyang -Kali

Activity£»Drive to Kaili(2.5h). Kaili is the capital city of the Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of Southeast Guizhou, and also the base of southeast Guizhou's ethnic culture tour.Visit Kaili Museum, where you can get general impression of the region and Miao and Dong's classification, costume and life style. Go to visit Miao village where you would enjoy the traditional singing and dancing performances of Miao people, and also in which you will be greeted by the "block road" wine and firecrackers.

Sightseeing: Kaili Museum,Miao village .

Hotel: Kali                                                     Meal: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Miao village

Miao village

Miao Minority People

¡¡Day 2 ¡¡Kali - Rongjiang

Activity:Drive to Rongjiang County(4h). Enjoy the spectacular natural view of Leishan mountain. On the way visit Miao and Shui villages.

Sightseeing: Leishan Mountain,Miao and Shui villages.

Hotel:Rongjiang                                                     Meal: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Miao Minority People


Miao Minority People

¡¡Day 3 ¡¡Rongjiang

Activity:Today attend Sama Festival of Dong Ethnic Group, celebrate the festival wit local people.

Hotel:Rongjiang                                                     Meal: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Sama Festival

Dong Minority

Sama Festival

¡¡Day 4  ¡¡Rongjiang - Zhaoxing 

Activity:Drive to Zhaoxing Dong village(5h). On the way visit Basha Miao Village. Zhaoxing Dong village is one of  the largest Dong village in China, with some beautiful Drum Towers , Wind & Rain Bridges and traditional stages. Enjoy the traditional  singing and dancing performance of Dong people at night.

 Sightseeing: Zhaoxing Dong village,Basha Miao Village.

 Hotel:Zhaoxing                                                    Meal: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Zhaoxing Dong village

Basha Miao Village

Basha Miao Village

¡¡Day 5 ¡¡Zhaoxing -Longsheng - Guilin 

Activity: Driver 3 hours into Longsheng in Guangxi Province, and enjoy rice terrace there. Drive another 3 hours to arrive Guilin in the Evening.

Sightseeing: Longji Rice Terraces.

Hotel:Guilin                                                    Meal: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Longji Rice Terrace

Longji Rice Terrace

Longji Rice Terraces

¡¡Day 6¡¡Guilin-Yangshuo

Activity:Take Li River Cruise to enjoy the water and kastform landscapes along the river (Lunch buffet on Cruise), and visit the West Street in Yangshuo.Watch Impressive Sanjie Liu Show in the evening.

Sightseeing: Li River, West Street,Impressive Sanjie Liu Show.

Hotel: Yangshuo                                   Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

Li River

Li River

Li River

¡¡Day 7¡¡Yangshuo-Guilin Departure

Activity:Morning take Bamboo Raft Drifting on Yulong River. Join Cormorant Fishing activity.Then send you to airport to take flight from Guilin to Hongkong.Tour ends.

Sightseeing: Yulong River,Bamboo Raft Drifting,Cormorant Fishing Activity .

Yulong River

Bamboo Raft

Cormorant Fishing activity

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