Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

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Seeing once the rice terraces in China, it seems that the cultivation of agricultural crops in this country is carried out with the help of landscape design.

The construction of rice terraces began in the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). The names of the viewing platforms around the rice terraces in China are also beautiful: “Nine dragons and five tigers” “Seven stars around the moon” ... Here they are called “the most beautiful in the world” and “the only ones under the clouds”.

Rice terraces in Longshchen, 2013

Long Scented - our next item, famous for some of the most beautiful in the world of rice terraces. They are inferior, perhaps, only to the terraces in Yunnan, but they did not suit us for several reasons. By May, in Yunnan, located much to the south of Guangxi, rice already rises completely (the best time to visit these terraces is February), which means the effect of “glass fields” is lost, because of which everyone is going to admire the terraces.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

When the guidebooks talk about Longschen as a place where people come to admire the terraces, they mean three relatively different places: Longshen himself and two villages nearby - Pinyan and Dazhay.The villages are located a few kilometers away from each other, while the Long Sheng is about 1-1.5 hours drive from them.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

In all the reports, it was recommended to go to Dazhay, since the terraces there supposedly are more beautiful, but, as mentioned, it is less accessible. In Longshene, connoisseurs did not recommend staying at all, because of the entire complex “Dragon Ridge” it is the least interesting. In terms of availability, Dazhay is nothing of the kind, it is less accessible for exactly 20 minutes by bus. The main thing is not to confuse the buses and not to sit on the one that goes to Pinyan. But if I stock up with a hieroglyph, I think there will be no problems. In addition, there are many foreigners there, so there is someone to ask.

As for the choice in terms of the beauty of the terraces, then we could only rely on the opinion of those who have been there. So the choice fell on Give.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

But we still had to get to the Dragon Ridge. From Zhangjiajie, we had three options for moving:

  1. There is a luxury day bus from Fenghuang, and if you build the route correctly, you can even get there with amenities. But the move takes a whole day, and on two-week trips to a foreign country, it is a pity to lose a day.In addition, you will arrive in Guilin, and not in Longshen, the journey to which takes about 2 more hours, and before the Dazhai an additional hour. It is not recommended to come to Give late in the evening categorically, because before any hotel there will have to climb, and in the dark it is not only difficult, but also dangerous.
  2. Getting from Zhangjiajie by train to Guilin with a change in Liuzhou. This option was rejected by us for the same reasons as the first. In addition, as it is written in the reports, the train to Liuzhou is often late, so that this move can be delayed for an indefinitely long time.
  3. Take the evening train from Zhangjiajie to Sanjiang. This option is also not great, but allows you to get to Dazhaya hours to 11-12 the next morning, or even earlier, so do not have to lose the day. The only negative is that the train arrives in Sanjiang at 2 am, so something needs to be solved overnight. We chose this option without having decided anything with an overnight stay. Not that we did not try, but neither agoda nor booking offered any sensible options. But everything was formed by itself.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Arriving in Sanjiang, we headed to Long Shen, and from there to Dajai. At the bus stop crowded a bunch of hotel owners. In any case, I advise you to use their services. The hotel there can be removed at a very reasonable price.Just try to choose a hotel at the top, where the cable car leads, as the other view points are not at all so interesting, but they are located below. Next to the cable car view is the best, the one that is depicted on all avenues.

There are two ways to get to the top: by cable car or on foot with the owner of the hotel, if you agree with him below. When we arrived, the cable car for some reason stood. We felt that it was not working, and went on foot. A young charming girl, the daughter of the hostess of our hotel, undertook to hold us, saying that the road to the top would take 15 minutes. Apparently, measuring the distance in minutes is a national feature of the Chinese. Therefore, I advise you to immediately clarify what type of transport in question. In this case, most likely, it was about the plane. The road took an hour.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

The good news is that we were warned in advance not to take bags on wheels and walked with backpacks. Hao, who traveled with a small suitcase on wheels, got a good grip. We warned him, but even here he did not obey, as is the case with leather shoes and white socks. The fact is that the trail consists entirely of steps, and therefore the owners of the bags are doomed to experience hellish torments, climbing up and putting such a bag on their backs.We walked a little ahead, and hao and the girl - a little behind. Behind ourselves, we heard oohs and ahs hao, who cursed fate and at the same time us who dragged him into such a wilderness.

Having finished our sleep, at 5 am we were already at the post, that is, on the terraces on the top of the hill. Beauty was just indescribable. Dawn, the sky is clear and mist over the village below. Having played enough, we went for a walk on the terraces to other viewing platforms. Of course, yourself. Hao, naturally, refused to go with us.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

We walked quite pleasantly around the terraces, looked at other sites (and once again made sure that we had not lost the hotel), but at the end got lost. The fact is that we really wanted to see the surrounding villages, because according to reports we knew how picturesque they were. In addition, in these villages there is one peculiarity - women live there who have VERY long hair in their habit of wearing:

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

To one such village, we got about three hours. From it went the road, which soon, as we thought, was supposed to lead us to the cable car station below from our hotel. But here we are tightly missed. The road was mountainous and winding along the hillsides. And instead of 1.5 km, we thought we had to go 7.The heat was incredible. On the terraces, where there is water everywhere, it was almost not felt, but on the hot asphalt, where there is absolutely no shadow, it was not only difficult to go along this road, but also dangerous.

We had to get today to the last point of our journey - in Yangshuo.

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces in Longshchen

Rice terraces are an ingenious engineering solution invented by the ancient inhabitants of Asia. For the growth of rice water is needed in large quantities. Each terrace is a kind of pool that holds water out of the ground and abundantly falling on the local slopes as precipitation. The water flows to the terraces and from the forests that harbor the peaks of mountain ranges, which guarantees an abundance of water and the prospect of a good harvest.

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    Rice terraces in Longshchen

    Rice terraces in Longshchen

    Rice terraces in Longshchen

    Rice terraces in Longshchen

    Rice terraces in Longshchen

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