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Terraces of Old Yuanyang

CHINA | Thursday, 29 November 2007 | Views [662] | Comments [5]

The trip from Lijiang to the southeast corner of Yunnan is not for those with motion sickness!  Bus, bus, train, minibus, bus...after 23 hours travel, with some frightening cliff edge drop-offs and brutal bumpy roads we arrive in Xiejie, the old hilltop town of Yuanyang.  Famous for 500 year old rice terraces carved by the hands of generations of Hani people.  Every shape and size and pattern of terracing, just amazing! 

This area is still secluded (actually protected by rotten roads!) from the tourism thickly spreading through China.  The minority hill tribe women don their fascinating traditional dress every day...while they hammer rocks into gravel and carry massive loads of timber and assorted things.  They seem to be the hard workers, as many of the men chat and smoke from their grandiose tobacco water pipes whiling away the hours. The area around here is real; it's raw village life, not prettied up for the tourists.  Walking the rural roads and village pathways, we seem to startle some and are a curiousity to many.  The tour groups whiz by in their minibuses from viewpoint to viewpoint but not us...no no...we decide to walk 13km up the road - we get a closer look at things, but our legs are toast!

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Wow, fabulous! So happy that the two of you are having a splendid adventure - sure am enjoying your updates from afar (truthfully I'm jealous as hell...). Great photos! Lots of love from snowy Salmon Arm:) Cherie

  Cherie Dec 1, 2007 3:33 AM


Congrads!! You made it through China!!!! Hello Vietnam. It's the easy travel time now. Love your photos. It makes us want to unpack our backpacks and hit the road too......Sapa looks wonderful as did all those rice terraces. Good for you doing all those hikes...it'll be tough keeping up to you guys when you get home. Hope you keep getting the god weather for Halong Bay.
Cuba was wonderful!

  Renee & Kevan Dec 2, 2007 1:11 PM


B&L: wow, these pictures of China are SO AMAZING!! I can't wait to meet up with you guys and get more stories of your travels :) :) :)

  Barb Dec 3, 2007 4:24 AM


Love to read up on your adventures. Interesting travels. Great writing and pics! Ever think of a career in travel journalism? Love the Dzao hat Bruce. You look right at home. Does it help the mandarin?

On our home front, winter has arrived. The week started off at -25 but will be +2 by Sunday. 72 cms of snow fell in the mountains this week and enough in town to park the bike for the week. The snow has brightened up the short days and blanketed the ground giving it a clean, white christmasy feel. The first snow falls are always fun.

Happy trails to you both.

  Ellen Q Dec 7, 2007 4:47 PM


Wow this is amazing!
I've finally taken time to explore your site and I'll be a regular from now on. I think about you often, especially since I've started getting sore wrists and finger numbness....travelling looks like a great alternative.

May your Christmas be Merry and bright!

  Margaret Bloor-KIng Dec 10, 2007 3:32 AM

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