Paddy Fields & Limestone Peaks
12.04.2008 - 17.04.2008 23 °C
The flight to Guilin was fine but we arrived late and I was shattered after the Panda tour and then racing to the airport. We shared a taxi to our hostel with 2 Dutch girls and luckily enough it was in the best part of town.
Guilin is a beautiful city really green and full of parks. It felt tropical and much warmer than the other parts of China we visted. We gave 2 relaxing days in Guilin chiilling out and made a plan for our next trip. We hooked up with 2 German guys and shared a speed boat down the Li river to Yangshuo. The boat trip took around 3hrs and we passed through some amazing scenery huge limestone peaks, fishermen and paddy fields.
We stayed in a lovely guesthouse in Yangshou for around 3 days and Julie the owner made us feel right at home.
The following day we rented bikes from Julie and cycled around the countryside for the day. We made our way towards the paddy fields surrounded by karst limestone peaks. It really was breathtaking and saw what we expected to see from typical rural China. We saw farmers with conical hats using water buffalos as tractors ploughing the land and sowing rice. We got soaked and lost a few times but managed to find our way back to Yangshou. When we arrived back in Yangshou are backsides were in bits from the bumpy roads and we were starved after all the cycling so we headed to our local place for 2 plates of veg chowmein and a few beers to wash it all down!
From Yangshou we travelled around 3hrs by bus to Longsheng to view the Dragons Backbone rice terraces. They were very impressive but it was a very hazy day which made visibility quite poor. This area of the Guangxi province is also home to a colourful mix of Dong, Zhuang, Yao and Miao cultures. We met some of the Miao tribes women and they are serious hardcore sellers. They tried to flog us silver wear and postcards but we managed to fob them off. From the rice terraces we passed through a beautiful old wooden village on the main ridge of the dragons backbone and saw the Miao people go about their daily life. The women have really long hair down to their feet and tie it up in twists on their heads. We met a really sound guy called Barry from Douglas, Cork who knew Ben's face from the Douglas weekly! I never knew I was going out with somebody so famous so we had a good laugh at that and how small the world is getting!