Onto the Rice Terraces

So after getting married in the Yao village we got back on the bus and headed up to see the Longji rice terraces. As we winded our way through the mountains the scenery became more and more beautiful.

The bus dropped us off at about ¾ of the way up the mountain, so we had to climb the rest by foot.

All along the path leading up the mountain to the rice terraces were different stalls with locals selling their goods. If you were lazy you could hire two men to carry you up the mountain while you lounged in a chair. I was thinking about it, but they charged by the pound so it would have gotten a little expensive.

  

Although we sweated all the way up to the top of the mountain, the view was worth it. It was breathtaking.

     

On the way to another peak we saw tourists get attacked by locals who dress up in traditional garb so that you could take a picture with them. They were vicious, pulling at you so that you would take a picture with them. The thing was that once you took a picture with them you had to pay them, another Chinese tourist trap.

The views from the other side of the mountain were just as gorgeous and spectacular.

   

The engineering of these terraces are pretty spectacular. They are built in concentric circles and created so that the water flows from the top to the bottom.

  

A famous dish in Longji is their bamboo rice. The way they do it is they cut a hole in the bamboo and stuff rice inside, they then fire roast it. Wanting to try this local dish, Jennifer and I sat down at a restaurant to try it. The problem was that it takes a long time to cook and we only had 20 minutes until our bus left and we still needed to make it down the mountain.

  

Finally the rice came, we scarfed down the food, which tasted average and hustled down the mountain. Luckily we made it right as everyone was getting onto the bus. Although we got stuck in all of these tourist traps and my fake marriage, it was worth it to see these majestic rice terraces.

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Spending a year teaching English and saving the world in China
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