Hiking in the rice paddies..

Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Guangxi Zhuang,
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pre blog

We travel by public bus to the Longji region via Guilin and Longsheng (approx 4.5 hours). Pack an overnight bag for a two night stay

This area has some of the most extensive rice terraces you will ever see

We hike through the terraces and visit local hill tribe communities.

We stay in local guest houses

Live Blog

9am saw us down in the lobby ready for breakfast (Nathan with confused times came down ready to depart). Breakfast was slow, especially Nathan's apple juice but I was extremely happy when I ordered fried egg and the waitress repeated 'flied' we have all been waiting for that to happen and we all laughed.

After breakfast I tried to find something to eat for lunch - it's practically possible. It's all fast food on stalls to eat there and then. The supermarkets are just thousands of types of pot noodle. I would never have guessed that all Chinese are fast food junkies !!!

There was nothing recognisable in the supermarket, plenty of biscuits and buns, veg of course but no salad or anything fresh... All dried items. There are no freezers and only one small fridge with dumplings and yogurt. Not even a Tin of spam !!

We ended up eating Texas BBQ beef crisp sandwich ( I actually found some bread, but it was that strange milk variety !). Thank god for satsuma s !!!

It's cloudy but has stopped raining !!

After a public service bus back to Guilin for 2 hours we dropped off our bags at luggage deposit at the station and climbed aboard a small minibus (built for the small Chinese). After wrapping our legs around our heads we set off

After turning off the main highway we started to climb up very narrow 'woodland roads' with sheer drops into a deep ravine with a fast running stream. With no barriers and our minibus driver honking his horn and overtaking on blind bends it was hair raising !!!

The scenery just got better and better and looks like a the Swiss alps with wooden chalets but with a Chinese twist, pagoda type roofs.

We arrived at a car park with a gondola and after fighting off the local women who wanted to carry our packs we set off up the hillside towards the rice fields. (Not on gondola !!!) We passed through Dazhai village and continued up a stone paved path to Tiantou village. The heavy clouds turning to drizzle and eventually heavy rain, but with amazing scenery like this it did not dampen our spirits. The only transport around here is pony or your own feet.

The pictures on this blog are all taken on my iphone and are only a few of the many amazing shots I have on my main camera

Just as we were getting damp and our lungs giving way with climbing (an hour had passed) we arrived at Tiantou village and our hotel (the jintian guest house) for the night. The best hotel so far, a wooden structure with wooden chalet like rooms and with views to die for looking out over the valley with layers of rice fields stretching from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley.

In awe we all sat and fell in love with the place, it was entirely the extreme of the busy cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Intrepid take note - another night here please !!!

We opted for a buffet type meal and our hosts did not disappoint, one of the best Chinese meals ever. Every dish was wiped clean, with Tara cleaning up the last few morsels.

As the sun set we finished off our beers and retired to bed.
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