|(L-R) See Beow Aun, Cindy Chong, Bernard Lee, Chan Meng Fye, Peter, Chew Leng Soon,|
Lim Peng Peng, Gan Choi Geok, Ching Neng Bin, Lee Kam Boon at Longji Rice Terrace
We took the 8.30am bus (Y32) to Sanjiang, arriving at 10.30pm. From here we took another bus (Y19) to Longsheng arriving at 1.40pm. We called up the guesthouse and the owner of Dazhai Tavern was kind to sent 2 vans (Y160) to pick us up at Longsheng City.
The entrance fee to Lonji Yao Village is Y60 and for senior citizen Y50. In the afternoon we went for a short trek and came back at 7pm for a good dinner prepared by the family of the Tavern.
In the evening, the group members celebrated my birthday with a birthday song, good food, beers and a T-shirt present.
|the locals still continue to dress in their ethnic clothes|
|our backpacks piled high up behind the driver|
|there are also many birds seating with us in the bus|
|the whole route from Xijiang to Longsheng took a long long way because the road meanders along the river|
|arrived Sanjiang, then switch to another bus towards Longsheng|
|Longsheng city arriving at 1.40pm|
|a row of double storey terrace houses by the road side hill slope|
|entrance to Lonji Yao Village at Dazhai - our van can't pass beyond the entrance to allow these long hair women to earn some porter fees of Y5 per bag|
|a 400m walk to the village|
|JinKeng terrace fields comprise DaZhai village, as well as 5 smaller hamlets, including TianTou village higher up the mountain. JinKeng is predominantly or completely Yao minority inhabited.|
|at our lodging Dazhai Tavern a family operated business|
|the wooden 4 storey spiral stairways - hot shower uses gas cylinders|
|a very clean comfortable room with good view out to the rice terrace|
|a hill view from my room window|
|a patio for resting and all to meet and discuss our next move|
|the Dazhai Tavern neighboring houses|
|Dazhai main street|
|a late afternoon stroll up a hill opposite our Dazhai Tavern|
|a view of the Dazhai village from the hill|
|Cindy bought some souvenir from this long hair lady|
|we continued to circle the terraces as we went higher and higher|
|the view of the 300 years old rice terraces in simply majestic|
|at the Dazhai's No. 2 scenic spot - "Seven stars around the moon"|
|a Yao lady|
|team members celebrated my birthday on 16April with a gift - "many thanks to all mates"|
|delicious home cooked dishes|
|a Yao specialty... chicken cooked in bamboo|
|Chew Leng Soon taking a picture with the longhair landlord lady|
This Yao ethnic village is also nicknamed Long Hair Village, because most women in the village have very long hair and some even as long as two meters.
Longji Rice Terraces was initially built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206 – 1368) from river valleys up to 900 meter tall peak. The terraces look like great chains and ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hills.
|egg, pea and noodles for breakfast|
|single file up the terraces as the ground is wet and slippery|
|beautiful scenic shots of the rice terraces - the green hill top know as star|
|it was a bad weather day - raining and very misty|
|our guide Ah Ee giving a helping hand to Peng Peng|
|walking through a small village|
|the thick mist descended on us|
|we arrived at Ping'an village for lunch|
|Ping'an gate entrance - Ping'An terrace fields are comprised of Ping'An village, and two smaller hamlets, and is a Zhuang minority inhabited area.|
|these are lady porters waiting for customers|
|a typical baby face taken at the gate entrance|
|guess what this? it's a table converted to some-kind of smoker to dry our clothes! dried well, but the clothes smelled of smoke!|
Day 21 (18.04.2011) Longsheng > Yangshou
This morning at 9am we took a direct bus (Y65) to Yangshou passing through Quilin city and arriving at Yangshou at 1.30pm. We stayed at Holiday Inn (Y100 a room for 2) on the West Street.
Evening was attending the “Impression of Sister Liu San Jie”. The performance which was directed by the world famous director Chang Yimou uses part of the Li River as the stage, mountain the background, local people as performers, and the legend of Sister Liu as script. A fantastic sound and light effects combining live performance in natural surroundings provide a unique experience (Y150). We stayed at Holiday Inn (Y100 a room for 2).
|our farewell to our landlady|
|the West Street of Yangshou|
|showing off the things we bought in Yangshou - a shopping paradise|
|fantastic sound and light effects combining live performance in natural surroundings|
This morning was the half-day Li River boat ride (Y100). Evening was shopping and eating around the famous West Street. Stayed at Holiday Inn (Y100 a room for 2).
|an eye in the bridge|
|the starting point of the boat ride|
|visited the fruit orchard - oranges and "peipa" below|
|peipa tree and young fruits - is used in Chinese Pei Pa Koa cough syrup|
Day 23 (20.04.2011) Yangshou
This morning was the cycling (Y10) with a lady guide (Y20) beside the Yulong River and then got into a bamboo raft (Y60) to go down the river. As you sit on the bamboo raft along the river, you can totally relax in nature, while you enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides; experience the excitement of plunging the raft passed 9 rapids and also touch the clear water of the river.
Afternoon was happy hour at a pub on West Street – local beer for Y6 a big bottle. We stayed at Holiday Inn (Y100 a room for 2).
Took the 10am bus (Y15) 70km to Quilin arriving 11.35pm. We stayed at Riverside Hostel (Y90 a room for 2). Afternoon was taking a half day city tour on a returned bus fare (Y10) for the river boat trip (Y65) up the Li River and as well as a visit to the Reed Flute Cave (Y60). We had a farewell dinner as six members will be flying back to Malaysia the next day. The other four including me would continue our journey to Hanoi and will fly back to Malaysia on 26th April. After dinner we walked around city centre and visited the Sun and Moon Towers and the Glass Bridge.
|the friendly staffs of Riverside Hoste|
|our beautiful room|
|the Reed Flute Cave entrance|
|the special lighting effect inside the tunnel|
|limestone cave with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formation|
|the Li River boat ride|
|this is the Elephant Trunk Hill|
|Ms Gan pointing to the hole of the Elephant Trunk Hill|
|the night market|
|beautiful lanterns at the restaurant|
|the changing colours of the Glass Bridge|
|we walked through this bridge made of glass|
|a walk-way under the bridge|
|wall carving under the bridge|
|the water fountains in the river|
|the Sun and Moon Pagoda|
This morning, we bid farewell to each other as six members took a van to the airport, while four of us (Lee, Chan, Chew, Ching) took the 8.30am VIP bus (Y105) for a five hour journey to Nanning arriving at 1.30pm. At Nanning we changed to another bus (Y70) for a 3 hour, 170km to Pingxiang a Chinese border town to North Vietnam. We stayed at a local hotel facing a canal at Y70 a room for 2.
|bid farewell to each other as six members took a van to the airport|
|at Nanning City bus station|
|Pingxiang bus station|
|Pingxiang City by day|
|Pingxiang City by night|
|peipa fruit used in Chinese Pei Pa Koa cough syrup|
|peipa fruit is very sweet and juicy - took the seed back for planting|
Total expenses in China to-date is RM2,702 per person