China travel blog - FrankAlvaro

Longji rice terraces Saturday 20 - Sunday 21/9/08

A 5am start saw us say goodbye to Xian. A flight to Guilin mid-morning and a bus trip (via a visit to a tea plantation and a lunch stop) had us arriving at the foot of some fairly serious hills, with our lodge in one of the villages an hour's uphill walk away. As soon as we arrived in the carpark, the bus was swamped with a horde of chattering Yao women, all wanting to take our baggage up to the lodge. The phrase "Kilkenny cats" comes to mind - there seemed to be a lot of bargaining and hustling going on, with Jason in their midst trying to sort out who to employ for the task.