An Unforgettable Journey in Guangxi of China (廣西桂林)
Sorry for all the people who follow my blog! I had been missing for nearly 3 months since the end of September. Wondering where am I? I was traveling around to China and Hong Kong for visiting my family and friends.
This was the longest journey or holiday in my life, I think it happened once in my lifetime. I started off at the end of September because it is the best time of the year to see the amazing harvest of the famous Dragon Ridge terrace/ Longji terrace/ Longsheng Gezuzizhixian in Guangxi of China 廣西龍脊梯田. The Dragon Ridge terrace all covered with golden and yellowish wheat all over the mountains, a slope with a slope. Spectacular scenery!
The name of Longji means Dragon’s Backbone. Or called the Dragon ridge Rice terraces. Located in Longsheng county, about 100 kilometers from Guilin, Guangxi, China. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600 m to 800 m above sea level. A coiling terrace line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water in spring. Layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of rice in fall, and layers of frost in winter.
Construction of the terraces began in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and continued until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when construction was completed. The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people. The terraced fields were mostly built about 650 years ago.
Longji Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales. While the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Above information found it from the official web of Longji Terrace.
We spent around the Longji area for few days. We lived in their local Zhuang people’s bed and breakfasts. Their house was built along the mountain. The food over there was simple but fresh, most of the ingredients that they grew in their back garden. Just pick whenever they want. Like the sweet potatoes, vegetables, yams, and bamboo. What is the bamboo for? They picked the young bamboo shoots for their meal. And use the bamboo (chopped in half, washed, fill with rice, water and cook over the hot charcoal), what a clever people! Even they bred their own chicken and have fresh eggs every day for breakfast.
One of the old legends said that the Zhuang women won’t cut their hair in their life. Isn’t it true?
After this place, we went to the famous Yangshuo in Guilin 桂林陽朔, another part of Guangxi.