Today Michelle and I went to the Longji Terraces Scenic Area
The construction begun in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) by the Zhuang and Yao people. Till today they work every day in their fields on the mountains. If you been to Banaue in the Philippines you know what it looks like. Michelle did a fantastic job with organizing the trip. But we could not find the bus at the train station so we went to the bus station for a quick breakfast. the bus driver called her and told us that he would pick us at at the station – how nice!
The last few kilometer the whole trip starts to make a lot of fun. Up a winding road next to a stream with bamboo forest all over. Very surreal as bamboo does not grow straight like normal trees. It bends in every direction so the hills look unreal. It is not really good to see in the pictures.
Later at the bottom of the hills a woman did wait to show us a good place for lunch. Than we started the hike up to our hotel. We walked to “High Ladder to the Heaven” 1st and than on to “Music from Paradise”. In the middle it started to rain very hard. There was a shelter – that is where I meet Hermes from Mexico. Blown away by the landscape he decided to stay a night in the mountains. After 15 minutes the rain stopped and the sun came out. White clouds from the valley drifting up the sky, a rainbow, patches of blue sky – i felt like in heaven! And all the people where so friendly. 99% chinese tourists greeting, smiling – everybody was happy. The locals all very nice too – what a place to be!!!
Michelle booked rooms at the last hotel all the way up at the top (this is the view) – great!