China – Day Five: Longji Kids – Rice Rice Baby
Wow, yippeee and wow again. Today, there was non-stop sunshine and it’s time for Longji kids!
He Feng Zhai
First stop, He Feng Zhai – a small mountain village with mainly new buildings, wrapped around some older ones. The village is an ideal stopping place to stretch your legs, but don’t expect any amenities because there are none. Very interesting to see village life though. It was washing day and the local women were out washing laundry in the passing stream. Chickens were running riot with their broods of chicks nearby and we got to see the world’s most dubious scaffolding.
Huang Luo Zhai
Next stop, Huang Luo Zhai, the bottom of the steep Longji Terraces with the native Luo minority people. The men dress very normally but the women all have remarkably long hair that they wrap around their heads and they wear a beautiful traditional costume – every day of their lives! They’ve been here for 700+ years and their ancestors cultivated the higher terraces that we then visited.
Longji Rice Terraces
The higher terraces – well, what can I say? This was the most stunning and ancient example of cultivation you could ever hope to see. We did a two hour walk around the very top (900m) which was beyond spectacular. The path looks a little daunting at first as it is 900 metres up, is narrow and doesn’t have guard rails. Sounds like a recipe for disaster with young kids, right? But when you consider that the drop is only ever 50cm or so down to the next terrace, it’s actually not so unsafe as it might first seem.
Hire a guide who knows their stuff. Our guide was absolutely awesome and knew to pay the guards at the first elevation car park. This then allowed us to pass to the higher elevation car park and saved the kids a very steep climb.
A fantastic day, loved by all.
What did we do on Day Six? Click here to find out!