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vbx000 Longsheng - A travel report by Veronica
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Longsheng,  China - flag China -  Guangxi
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Longshen- A Village Stop on Our Journey

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We spent the afternoon, night and morning in a small village called Dazhai at the famous rice terrace fields. If you have any view of china, these terrace fields should be it.


Walking Back to Village after Hiking
Walking Back to Village after Hiking
A very simple village, used to tourist groups coming in at staying in their guest lodges. You can hike to the neighboring village, have a bonfire party with the locals, buy their art and cloth products, and just enjoy the surronding beauty. Very quiet, very relaxing. We had a good time here, but grew bored quickly because we are all college students who get ansy in the middle of nowhere. But, we had a good time while we where there.

Favourite spots:
You can see the village we hiked to.
You can see the village we hiked to.
Definitely hike through the terrace fields. Its about a four hour hike to the neighboring village but its not really strenuous, just a long walk. Good weather then its no problem. We cut away from the group though and explored the terraces on our own. That was also fun. Its really the only thing to do in the village. Also, go to the local school. We sang and played with the children. The school is very poor though and only runs because local businesses and corporations in the bigger cities give them money. Our tour guide told us that the government had too many other things to worry about and bigger finanical problems so it fell upon businesses to support the schools. Thats a funny statement from a communist country... right?

What's really great:
Beautiful, Beautiful China
Beautiful, Beautiful China
The terrace fields are absolutely incredible. You can spend all day walking through the villages, stopping in by the school, and hiking through the fields. Pigs, chickens, horses, and people are all moving and walking around you because they actually have things to do, unlike us who just walk around and take pictures. The people here work hard and are really buff from it. We saw these old women stacking and tieing up long beams of wood with bamboo. They were cut, muscular old women. It was fun to watch them work, but made us all feel like pansies.

Sights:
I absolutely love horses. These were some rugged little creatures.
I absolutely love horses. These were some rugged little creatures.
Old and young ladies rush to greet your bus and offer to take your luggage with them becaus eyou have to hike a ways to the lodges. And, to get to the guest houses you have to hike up steps that leave you breathless. We left our big luggage under the bus, made up a day pack with a change of clothes but some kids still had these people carry their stuff. It's cheap and it gives them some sort of income.

Accommodations:
Walking to the village
Walking to the village
The village has guest houses. A lodge for the boys and one for the girls. Or, at least thats how our group split up. Comfortable, fairly clean rooms but no heat so it gets really cold at night. But, the comforter is enough to keep you warm and make you never want to step out of its protective shell. We loved our beds actually, the next morning everyone slept in and debated ever getting out of bed.

That fresh wood smell and open air just consumes you in this village. It is the most relaxing, refreshing experience. Even just one night and you feel your worries slip away.

Restaurants:
Another View of the Fields
Another View of the Fields
Unfortunately, there is only one restaurant and a cook in each lodge to make breakfast. All the food was pretty bad actually. I mean, it just wasn't very good. They just cut up all the parts of the animal and threw them into dishes. Except for beef and potatoes, that one was good. I'm telling you, you can't go wrong with beef and potatoes.

We had frog. Well, I didn't touch it because it could see its little toes and its head and everything. But, our guides really enjoyed it.

The boys got to pick their own duck from a group of them and watched as they cooks slaughtered it then served it to them. I don't think it had an appetizing effect, watching the death of your meal. They said it wasn't very good and very much unlike the delicious, incredible Beijing Duck.

Other recommendations:
The Rice Terrace Fields.
The Rice Terrace Fields.
This one is kind of short because there isn't a lot ot do except for hiking, relaxing, bonfires, eating bad food, and exploring.

Published on Saturday November 5th, 2005


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Tue, Nov 15 2005 - 11:42 AM rating by gloriajames

Another enjoyable report and great pics.
Gj

Sun, Nov 06 2005 - 11:22 AM rating by jorgesanchez

I read your reports about China and I want to leave everything and go back to my dear China.
In my next reincarnation I want to be born in Guilin.

Sun, Nov 06 2005 - 04:58 AM rating by downundergal

Good report - it's great to get off the well trodden tourist trai.
Cheers,
Kerrie

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 07:26 PM rating by isaacmolina

Hen Hao!

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 05:13 PM rating by jesusferro

I love all your China reports! Yes, even Xian'...!

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 03:46 PM rating by eirekay

Great Report - I always appreciate seeing people as they truly are and you have communicated that well! Thanks!
Eire

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 12:11 PM rating by rangutan

Another superb report on China. One day a lot us are going to visit there and need this information. Well written and nice layout with good pictures.

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 12:01 PM rating by toribio

AGAIN, I LIKE A LOT

Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 11:57 AM rating by davidx

What a delightful place. I love reports on the smaller and less known places. Fine pics

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