We chose to go to Guilin, even knowing it was the rainy season because that was when my son and his friend had time off of work to travel. I debated about going to the famous Longji (Dragon’s back) rice terraces knowing we were unlikely to see much and it could be a total wash out. The Longji Rice Terraces are a marvel of human perseverance and farm engineering.
It wasn’t quite a wash out, but we had extremely limited visibility and got plenty wet in the time we were there. Even though we were not blessed with a view that gives an idea of the full magnitude of the terraces we did get some interesting misty views.
And we got to try some local specialties like rice cooked in bamboo at a local restaurant.
There are three location to see the terraces and we went to the one called Gu Zhuang Zhai Village. The choice was determined in large measure by the weather, which wasn’t looking promising for hiking, or even for viewing from the higher locations. The walk was less steep and safer for yours truly.
I am hoping to go back at another time of the year, possibly this fall, to check it out when the light and colors are different.
No matter how I try, I can’t seem to be systematic about publishing photos. These are from my May trip to Guilin, in China, during their rainy season. The last full day we were there we wandered around the lakes in the middle of town in the rain. We were wet through and through, but we didn’t want to waste any time in that lovely city.
Some other posts from that trip are: Rainy Season on the Li River, Which Way to the Karst?, Sun and Moon Illuminated and Illuminating, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 1, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 2, Misty Vistas.
Li River Cruise
The paired Sun and Moon Pagodas in Guilin from a couple of different angles. They are lit, and that lights up the surrounding area.
Our visit to Gu Zhuang Zhai Village was a rainy day, necessary to fill the terraces with water but not so great for photography. However, there were a few times when the clouds thinned enough to give us a misty peek-a-boo into the distance. I really want to go back when it isn’t the rainy season.
I was going to call this post “vistas in the mist-a” but decided that was too cheesy.
A highlight of our trip to China in April and May was a side trip to Guilin.
The claim to fame of the area is the karst hills, which peek-a-boo at you from every direction.
Naturally on arriving we headed out to check out the area. We were staying across the street from the parks that surround the lakes in an older area. As it was a holiday there were lots of folks about doing the same, some in Han dynasty dress.Continue reading A few rainy days in Guilin China-Day 1
I continue to try and work with photos taken on my recent trip to China. Here are a few more from our Li River Cruise Trip.
The upside of the grey, rainy season is that it brings with it lush vegetation. Rain was the dominant weather for us on our recent trip to Guilin in China.Continue reading Rainy season on the Li River