Approximately 100KM or 2 hours drive outside of Guilin in the Guangxi Province of China, I for the first time in my life saw how pictures, I were only used to seeing on postcards came to life.The rice Terraces of Longsheng are a truly amazing sight to experience. Human made rice terrace are build alongside the winding mountain slopes from the foot of the mountain all the way to the top at the elevation of 880m.
The lines are carved out like giant steps running all around the mountain and not a single square meter is spared. The terraces were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty and have a totally different appearance each season. I was fortunate enough to make my visit there during Spring, which delivers lush green rice fields ready for the harvest.
The Houses are largely built from timber. They are typically built 3 to 5 stories high and relatively large. The timber are being prepared within the villages and made into houses. Looking at the villages from afar the first thought that jumped into my head, was a little Switzerland in Rice terraces with a Chinese theme. The small paths leading you through the village houses give it an extra feel of something out of a storybook.
The way of living here seems very relaxed and one day at a time. With limited electricity, they rely on natural ways of getting their resources. Fresh water gets led into the village by means of bamboo that is halved down the length of the bamboo and they are joined together all the way from a spring up on the mountain down the slopes all into a central point in the village where people gather for their fresh water.
You won’t find anything that runs on petrol here. All supplies like sugar water etc are delivered by horse. The steep steps up and through the town just doesn't allow for wheels to function here.
Transport by Horse
If wrinkles could tell a story, you would be able to sit and stare at some of the elderly and read their face like a book. Their physical labour over years in the rice fields show that life here isn't all about the beautiful mountains and stress-free life. It’s common to see ladies with broken backs due to the continues work, lifting and carrying heavy loads.
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