Longsheng Rice Terraces
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 29
Temp : 29 degrees
Weather : Rain at first
This was always going to be a special day, not just because the rice terraces was of the reasons we spent £300 flying down here for, but this was due to be one of the highlights of China.
We were not expecting much however, as we have just had 6 days for downpours! And at 7am we woke up to... yes heavy rain! We put on our wet weather gear, which by now was always placed at the top of our rucksacks and went out to meet the tour bus
It was still very heavy rain, but as we neared the mountains, some 2 hours later, we were more worried about the very low cloud level. You could not see anything. Well after the bus stopped, we were informed that we would be expected to cough up another £12 to pay for a "cultural show". Well as we stepped into the hall, we were not surprised to be shown a 30 minute play performed by the local women. The highlight being when one small boy insisted on coming onto the stage to grab his mothered leg, crying that he wanted to leave!. We were however shown the length of the ladies hair, which can grow to 2 metres in length!
As the bus set off up the mountain, we were to have one of the scariest road trips of our life! The bus swerved around all the tight corners going up the hill, with sheer drop offs on both sides. You need to she how scared Dom looks in the photos. The bus headed up to 700 metres above sea level where we started our walk. After walking up to 850 metres, the cloud level was still too low to see 100 metres in front of you
We then decided to head away from the group, and try and get a even better photo. So we walked around the side of the mountain, where no one else seemed to go. Here we managed to get even better shots! It was well worth the walk, even though getting down this side of the mountain, was much harder then the side we came up. We had to wade through water falls and small rivers, but it was so worth it!!
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