These are in a park in Shouguang, Shandong Province, China. If you decide to go looking for them they are at a park on the east bank of the Mihe River, north of Shengcheng Jie (one of the main roads into the city). Since they are not very near the river they may still be there (much of the area near the river banks was under construction during my visit last spring). I’ll have to go and seek them out on my next visit.
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.
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.