The Magnificent Longji Rice Terraces
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We left at 8:30 this morning for a trip to the rice terraces near Ping'an Village. It took about two and a half hours by bus to get there. We had to walk the way up, the bus stopped at the start of the stairs. It was a few km, or so it seemed :) There was an option to be carried up but none of us did that. Some others actuslly did but it looked weird to see 2 people carrying someone up the stairs. The stairs were very small and two people could barely walk alongside each other. Once we got there we saw the small village of Ping'an build on the slope of the mountain, close to the terraces. It was nice, a whole village build of wood. It is home of the Zhuang minority. The women never cut there hair and always have it rolled up on their heads.
We had lunch in one of the small hotels there.
After that we went to the rice fields. It was a rough climb up to viewpoint 2. The steps were unequal, and sometimes pretty steep (nothing compared to the wall but tiring nonetheless) When we got there the view was simply amazing. The ricefields between the mountains, hundreds of years of work to get it this way and the people there still were workign the way their ancestors did. From there on we went on to viewpoint 1. The walk there was even more beautfiul then the way to viewpoint 2. there were a lot of shops etc on that way, while now we were walking through nature on very small paths.
Once we got back we had a little break in a cafe, and started our way back. It was about 5ish by then and mist was gathering between the mountains. Another beautiful sight to see. After 2 1/2 hours we were back in Guilin again.
I know this is a short part but it's just so hard to descibe...