Rice, Rice and more Rice

Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
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Flag of China  , Hunan Province,
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bus ride to the Longji rice terraces. This is our penultimate stop. Trekking in the rice terraces. We trekked up to village that we were staying in as it was not possible to drive directly to the hostel. A hard 30 min trek up to the hostel. The communal sweating commenced. Nice. We cooled down while playing cards only to then heat up again during a short walk around the village. The locals are very friendly and the women seem to traditionally grow their hair really long (to their feet) and wrap it around their head like a hat. I saw some flying squirrels in a cage – i think they were getting ready to be the dog's dinner.

Next day we were trekking 8km through the terraces - after some tai chi practice on the terrace. It was amazing to be able to walk around the terraces, through the narrow paths. We were lucky as the weather was quite cool and the sun was not beating down on us. It took us about an hour to get to our lunch stop were we found one of the houses in the village had been burnt down the afternoon before. The locals were clearing the debris and looking to start building again. It seemed very sad (luckily no one was hurt) but it was good to see the community rallying around for each other. After lunch we trekked over more terraces, up and down, up and down. What goes down must go up again! After some more collective sweating, some slipping on the rock paths and some gazing in awe at the terraces we arrived at our final destination - Ping’an Village. This was a much more developed village than the last one we were at as it had actual paved paths. Wooden houses built into the hill side surrounded by the rice terraces. Pretty amazing.
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