Saturday, June 27: This morning, I decide not to eat anything for breakfast because the last time I took the 5-hour hike to the Longji Rice Terraces and Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, I had a number of stomach problems I don’t care to repeat. I did this hike on November 21, 2014 (a 5-hour hike to the longji rice terraces at longji ancient zhuang village), and the colors at that time were glowing and golden. Now that it’s summer, the terraces are green and filled with water, making for a whole different experience.
I start hiking through Ping’An Village, where the villagers are already busy at work.
I encounter the Zhuang women in the streets, preparing their vegetables and wares for sale.
I pass by the cheerful sign at the MeiYou Cafe.
Finally, I reach the edge of the village, where I have my first view of Seven Stars with Moon.
As I’m walking along the edge of Seven Stars with Moon, I meet two Chinese girls who speak excellent English. We have a little chat. They want some pictures with me, and then they ask me to take a picture of them.
The path is very narrow, so I have to fall back into the ferns on the edge of a terrace to take their picture. When I do that, they take a picture of me.
Then they take a picture of me with Seven Stars with Moon. I love the names the Chinese give to natural places.
I continue on my walk until I reach a little bridge, where I stop and sit for a bit. It’s quite hot and humid today, as always seems to be the case in Guangxi province.
After a long walk through a wooded area, I come out at the other end, near the Longji Rice Terraces, and I get my first amazing views.
I pass some men building a house or a barn, I’m not sure what.
I catch my first glimpse of Longji Ancient Zhuang Village and the houses and farms on the outskirts.
I pass some Chinese tourists carrying umbrellas even though it is neither raining nor sunny.
The views are amazing and I just continue on my way. The views are so beautiful they take my breath away. As I approach the far end of my hike, there are more tourists. Chinese tourists generally don’t go in for long hikes. Most of the time, they stay huddled together in crowds and don’t venture off onto areas by themselves. Thus, on the hike from Ping’An to Longji, I’ve seen hardly any people until this point, the separate entrance to the rice terraces.
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As I reach the Longji Terraces, there are amazing views of pancake-stacked terraces, as the land has been carefully carved into contours over the centuries.
I finally reach my turn-around point, the touristy entrance to the Longji Terraces. It’s been a long walk, about 2 hours, and now I will turn around and return to Ping’An, retracing my steps, with a detour into Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. Because of this detour, it will take me about 3 hours to make my way back.
I stop for the “official view” with the stone carving commemorating the Longji Rice Terraces.
After one last look at the rice terraces from the stone marker overlook, I begin to make my way back, taking the lower path to walk through Longji Ancient Zhuang Village.
Oh, how I love this place! 🙂