Guangxi province part 1
09 September 2017
Guangxi is a Chinese region on the south of the country with a border to Vietnam. It is mostly located in mountainous area, which is very scenic, that’s why nowadays it’s a big tourist destination and paradise for photographers. The region has two different types of landscape: one is the rice paddies on the hills of the mountains, another one is the karst peaks. In this post I will showcase Longsheng rice terraces and surrounding villages.I came to Guangxi by train from Beijing, where I had spent the previous days. Already at the train station it was clear that weather conditions here are much better than in Beijing and Shanghai. Few hours later I arrived in the village of Pingan in the Longsheng rice terraces. This is a home for one of the 56 ethnic minorities in China. The settlement is surrounded by rice paddies, mountains and clouds of mist. Here is no cars, so I hiked up from a road for one hour. Sunrise is around 6 in the morning. Right before sun appeared above the peaks of the hills, cloudy sky had beautiful tones of red and yellow colors. Clouds of a mist come to a valley shortly after the sunrise. This is truly one of the most spectacular sceneries I’ve ever seen in my life. Just in few moments clouds reached village of Pingan and partly covered it. Local houses were built with wood and hamlet has charming atmosphere of near middle ages. Now it is time to explore another community and a road lead us through the mountains. This region doesn’t have any air-pollution. It is hard to believe, but there are many places like this in China. Village of Dazhai is also located far from a road, but this cable cars make it easier to reach. Inside those cabins is very hot, since there are no fan or air conditioner and the ride is taking about 15 minutes. Beside harvesting rice, locals handle a tourism business. In such a small settlement you will find plenty of provincial hotels to stay and homelike restaurants to indulge. Terraced rice fields are a more effective way of farming in the mountainous areas. This one were mostly built about 650 years ago. Another day, another place, another sunrise in Longsheng. Longsheng means “dragon’s backbone” because rice paddies resemble a dragon’s skin, while the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon.
After Longsheng rice terraces I went to Yangshuo, a small town in the middle of the karst peaks, which is about 3 hours drive. Read about my adventure there in the post Guangxi province Part 2.