Up early to take a taxi to the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport for an 8:35 flight to Guilin. It had been raining and the airport was totally fogged in. We had breakfast at McDonald's. The flight ended up being a half hour late, but we did have another breakfast on the plane. Arrived at 11:40 and were met by China Highlights guide Avan. He led us out to the van, and the driver headed us out the back way from the airport.
Avan made an itinerary change which we agreed to since he is the expert! It was an overcast day, so we sat back for the two hour drive to the Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area.
We stopped at the Scenic Area ticket office to allow Avan to purchase our admission tickets. Billboards were attached directly to the cliff:
We had seen some rice terraces along the way, but here they are innumerable:
Some overgrown terraces near the village:
Make way for the chickens:
Beans and pork:
Chili beef and veggies:
Greens with local mushrooms:
After our late lunch, we were ready to hike up to the viewpoint above the village.
The villages produce most of what they need, except beer for the tourists:
These two ladies let down their hair and removed the two extra hair bundles which they threw onto their shoulders:
One woman immediately put her bundles together with her hair and started twisting:
The ladies looped the bundles around the top of their heads:
Here we have a better view at a lower viewpoint:
Persicaria capitata/Pinkhead Knotweed:
Later was dinner of fried noodles and vegetables:
Kent tried the local fruit wine:
Another village hotel is decked with lights.