Winter Holiday in Guilin (2)
Longji Terraces - the model site of champions amongst other terraced fields in the world.
Our coach nearly collided with an on-coming coach.
Twists and turns through tight roads.
Huangluo Yao Village - The First Village With Long Hairs in Guiness Record.
Walking across a hanging bridge.
Underneath the bridge lies a brook. A group of ducklings nestled around.
A rousing welcome with a cup of oily fragrant tea each.
Yao Minority cultural dances.
The demonstration of combing long lengths of hair.
The woman twist tourist's battock which means friendship and hope to see you again, a tradition custome Yao minority.
All tribal women here possess great lengths of raven black shiny hair.
To board mini buses.
Main entrance of "Longji Terraces Scenic Area".
Sedan chair porters can carry you in a sedan chair to descend the hill for a fee.
You must walk for 40 minutes to get a panoramic view Longji Terraces Scenic Area.
Feast on wild vegetables and a variety of unusual mushrooms.
The beautiful terraced fields.
8-1-2009 (Thursday) Cloudy
(Yao Minority Culture, Longji Terraces Scenic Area, The Dream Of Li River Show)
After an early breakfast, we left Guilin city by coach to the northern upcountry. But according to the guide, we have to fork out extra to see the prime attraction places. The last leg of the journey went through many twists and turns through tight roads. I held my breath as our coach nearly collided with an on-coming coach. Thank God, it was a miss and I heaved a sigh of relief.
We had to walk across a hanging bridge to reach the interior village known as Huangluo Yao Village - The First Village With Long Hairs in Guiness Record. Underneath the bridge lies a brook. A group of ducklings nestled around and many wooden houses sat alongside the bank of the brook. Dogs gave out long howls at the sight of strangers. Charming ladies in tribal attire gave us a rousing welcome with a cup of oily fragrant tea each. We sipped tea as they performed cultural dances. But nothing beats the demonstration of combing hair as the ladies had long lengths of hair. You really marvel at the rich jet black sheen. Looks like nobody in the village needs a hairdye. With deft and swift strokes, the hair were shaped into beautiful styles with everyone of them looking so elegant.
We travelled on and the road became extremely narrow for a big coach to pass through. So the best way was for us to board mini buses. But some midway, we had to trek on foot for 30 minutes up to a restaurant and what better way could there be than to feast on wild vegetables and a variety of unusual mushrooms. Our aching feet needed a rest before we could continue the last 10 minutes trek to see the beautiful terraced fields usually grown with paddy during the warmer season. This fertile land is the cradle for agriculture and listed by Guilin Tourism Board as the model site of champions amongst other terraced fields in the world.
Towards early evening, we browsed around but our guide was so persistent in sweet-talking us to pay for a top performance show. We feel she has become an irritant as at 150 yuan (RM75) each, the Dream Like Lijang Ballet Circus performance was nothing to shout about. It deemed poor, we got exploited, wasn't it? Call it our own funeral.