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.