The second viewpoint we arrived at on our day’s hike at the Longjii Rice Terraces was called Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. The scale of these terraces is truly impressive: built some 500 years ago, they only produce one rice harvest per year and all the rice is kept for use by the people who grow it – none of it is sold. Interspersed with the rice terraces are patches of corn and other vegetable crops; it is very much subsistence farming. The village at the heart of this particular area of terraces is called Ping An; it is the largest of the local villages and the most commercialised. Hotels, restaurants and gift shops vie for space on the steep slopes with the villagers homes, but thankfully all are constructed in a sympathetic, local style. Our route from the previous viewpoint took us through this village and we were able to watch a bit of everyday life being played out
The local school is through the blue gates at the end of the street.
Restaurants abound….The staple dish, unsurprisingly, is rice and vegetables
Fast food in this part of the world is rice and a little meat, packed into a bamboo stick and barbecued. The bamboo sticks are plugged at either end and occasionally plunged into buckets of water to stop the rice burning – I’ve no idea how they judge when it is necessary!
Once out of the village, and whenever the weather allowed, we returned to a world of expansive vistas.
With harvest time approaching within the next few weeks, we were surprised to see so few people actually working in the fields. I can only presume that by now, all the hard work was either done, or about to commence,
After coffee at Nine dragons and Five Tigers, we had initially thought we would head back down – the weather wasn’t great and we’d had dire warnings from another European family about the dangers of getting lost in the mist on the indistinct path system that led over to the next village. However, the weather wasn’t getting any worse and, as far as we could see, the path looked pretty obvious. Normally in these circumstances it is me who is the keener to continue, but today it was Mrs Daybydaybyphoto who wanted to ‘look around the next corner’ or ‘peek over the next little rise’, so we decided to continue on for a while……….to be continued……