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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reached Viewing Point 1 - Nine dragons and Five Tigers

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

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Look closely at the Dragon's Back
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The Dragon's Back
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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.

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The five hillsides opposite the dragons.

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

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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
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Sun's up and the terraces even though harvested, still look splendid.

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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.

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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.

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Me with the Seven Stars and the Moon

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Some real good tea made from the local berry

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

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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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