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Day 2 in Guangxi -Visit to the two viewing points in Ping'an

Awesome Views of the Rice Terraces

semi-overcast 18 °C

About the terraces - They are truly a feat of human engineering, built by the minority Zhuang and Yao people between the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Standing between 300m and 1100m, the terraces carved into the hillsides cover a huge area of 66 square kilometers.

I had just 6 hours in which I had to do the two viewing points at Ping'an and also the hike to Zhongliu. I left the hotel at 7 am in the morning. Luckily it was not raining and the views were clear and not foggy. I hiked alone and I hoped that i would not get lost or lose too much time finding my way to the top.

However, once you get to the direction board, it's a straight follow the only path to the top. So a big hurdle crossed.
The village was still waking up and there was the odd poultry bird in the path.

Rare to see the birds when you are from the city in China.

T'was so good to see the tiled roof tops of the houses...A rarity in modern China.

The start of the path to the top was well maintained, with a fence and steps.

The rice was already cultivated in Oct, and there were just stumps visible.

Still a long way to get to viewing point 1. You can see in the photo right at the top.

The view is getting better.....a glimpse of what there is to see at the top.

Reached Viewing Point 1 - Nine dragons and Five Tigers

And the view......!!!

Look closely at the Dragon's Back
The Dragon's Back
The Dragon's Back. The above shots focus specifically on the landscape that resembles the dragon's back.
Longsheng means 'Dragon's Back' and the name comes from their so called resemblance to a Dragon's scales.

The nine dragon-like terraces stretch from the mountain top down to the Jinjiang River (the Golden River) while five hillsides opposite the Nine Dragons represent five tigers guarding the land.

The five hillsides opposite the dragons.

Pity i can't have the Dragon ridge liquor as none of the shops have open as yet.

With the dragons and tigers in the background. Don't miss Longsheng when you visit China.

Now the hike to the second viewing point - Seven Stars with the Moon
Sun's up and the terraces even though harvested, still look splendid.

The steps leading up to the viewing point. 'Seven Stars with the moon' is by far the more popular of the two viewing points, and also the more commercialized.

The viewing decks were quite full with all the touring tourist groups...But I managed to capture some good shots.
Views of 'Seven Stars with the Moon'. The Seven Stars with the Moon means the seven-tiered hillsides which glitter like stars amid the water field.

Me with the Seven Stars and the Moon

Some real good tea made from the local berry

A local girl dressed in the Zhuang Costume. There are various photo opportunities as you make your way down to the village.

A board with the local food of Ping'an - Bamboo Rice

Posted by culturevulture 10:34 Archived in China Tagged landscape china rice terrace guilin longsheng guangxi ping'an seven_stars_with_the_moon

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