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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Booked a bus tour today to go out to the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces near Longsheng. Thought it was a small group in a mini bus but ended up being 50 of us in a coach. Don't realy like doing the big group thing & following a man with a yellow flag with 40 odd chinese people!!

Anyway - it ended up being OK - was a 2 1/2 hour drive - the last bit so mountainous with more scary hairpin roads & steep mountain drops. We stopped off at a small village of Yao people. They lived in the long dark wooden homes I had seen from the train the other day & we went in one to have a look. Very spartan & basic & the women here are known for their incredibly long hair which they wind around their heads & have on the forehead as a topknot.

As you walk through the village you get asked to pay 1 yuan to see how long their hair is out!!! There was also a song/dance show for 60 yuan each but we passed as the day had already cost 125 yuan each ( about $25) . Instead we wandered around the village & sat by the river in the quiet while the multitudes watched the show.

Further up the mountain we had to change into mini buses as the coach was too big to go further. We stopped at the bottom of the entrance to the village of Pingan. It is a 600 year old Zhuang village which is on a small ridge of the dragons backbone The rice terraces are that old as well & an engineering feat of steep terraces that cover the hills up to the top of 800 metre peaks.

They are quite stunning to look at but we probably didn't come on the best day or best time of year to look at them. It was hazy today so hard to photograph well & had just been harvested so weren't the yellow before harvest, or bright green when growing. We did another steep uphill walk for 30 minutes & stopped for lunch. Have not had any great chinese food & did another bad order. We ordered bamboo fried rice which was nice - rice with bacon & pineapple in rice but cooked in a bamboo tube in a fire. We also ordered chicken in bamboo but somehow got cooked bamboo. I had no idea what it was & thought maybe it was chicken as it was a yellow colour. I had 1 mouthful & spat it out!! Not nice at all!!

We did the hour loop walk up to Viewpoint 2 ( moon & Stars) & then across the ridge to Viewpoint 1 ( 9 Dragons & 5 Tigers). I can understand the 9 dragons as from this viewpoint you see the 9 terraced ridges that look like the bumps on the dragons back, but couldn't see how the tiger thing worked into it.

It was a great walk across the ridge as the multitudes in the coaches didn't do it so there was only 1 other person who did it who wasn't near us. Bought some honeycomb on the way down - took 30 years to be made in a cave & still had bees attached & tasted pretty good.

Not a bad day but not outstanding - would be better doing on your own in local transport.

Slept all the way back & then had dinner at the hostel again as we were too tired to go out!

Yao people village

Yao people village


Long wooden houses

Long wooden houses


Pretty basic kitchen

Pretty basic kitchen


Suspension bridge

Suspension bridge


Honeycomb still with bees attached

Honeycomb still with bees attached


Long haired ladies with forehead topknot

Long haired ladies with forehead topknot


Looking up to Pingan

Looking up to Pingan


Near top of viewpoint 2 but too hazy to see how a

Near top of viewpoint 2 but too hazy to see how a


Banboo rice

Banboo rice


Rice terraces

Rice terraces


Pathway

Pathway


Looking down to Pingan & we started walking up bel

Looking down to Pingan & we started walking up bel


Give you an idea of the steepness

Give you an idea of the steepness


Local traffic

Local traffic


Chillies & sleeping cat

Chillies & sleeping cat

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in China

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