Panorama of the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces

I have no idea what this will look like on my blog, but here is a panorama of the rice terraces I took with my iPhone. Simply beautiful and so peaceful.

My worry is that my photo does not do it justice! Don't forget you can click on any of the photos on my blog to enlarge them, but I have had to reduce resolution due to limited bandwidth.

Hiking to the Rice Terraces

I'll be totally honest and say I have no idea where I really am, all I can say is we hiked for 2 hours from somewhere near to Dazhai up some mountains in preparation to see the famous rice terraces in the morning.

Unfortunately this is the wrong time of year to see the terraces in full bloom as it were, but I hope tomorrow the fog lifts a little so that we can get some good photos. What I saw today was once again breathtaking and goes to show what a beautiful province Guangxi is.

Scattered around the terraces are multi-level wooden buildings, built Tudor style where the floor above is actually wider than the floor bellow. It's amazing that all these have been built because all the materials must be carried by hand…I struggled to carry myself up hear!

I saw this inscription on the hotel so I assume it is right!

Fingers crossed for a clear day tomorrow!

Location:Heda Line,Guilin,China

Yulong River Cruise(ish)

Today's main adventure was a trip down the Yulong River, the scenery was even more stunning than that seen while on the Li Jiang River, something I did not think possible.

We decided to cycle to hitch a ride on a raft, this was a big adventure in it's own right as despite travelling to China for all these years I have never ridden a bicycle here. If you can indeed call this a bicycle. This particular bike was chosen by my dear wife so that she could sit at the back, with her feet up enjoying the view…which she did!

After 5km of hard peddling across rugged terrain, we made it to the rafting station. I was told they were bamboo rafts, and guess what, they were!

All was fine until we realised there was a total of 9 dams to navigate, you would think that you would get out and carry the raft, but you'd be wrong!

And this is what we dropped down…..

It was all worth it because the views were beautiful…

Yangshuo – Impressions Liu Sanjie

Lily Told me that tonight me that tonight we were going to see a show that was directed by Zhang Yimou a famous film director and also the genius behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

I did not really know what to expect, I had no idea that the backdrop would be the illuminated kirst peaks and the show would be done on a lake with fisherman, birds, cows and a cast of over 600 people!

The best way to describe what I saw is simply 'jaw dropping'. To see something on such a large scale executed so precisely on water is simply something that has to be seen to be believed. I don't think a single photo or DVD would do it justice, so come and see it for yourself!