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Reflections on Travel in China

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rice Terraces

China is famous not only for rice but rice terraces. Some of the terraces date back over 600 to 700 years old. The ones pictured above are from three different areas of China. One of my clients only wanted to take photos of rice terraces for a book he was going to produce on Rice Terraces of the world. Some of the best ones I found in south eastern Yunnan province but takes two days by car to get there. The famous Red Hat people there inhabit the mountains and raise mostly rice on their terraces. The terraces pictured with water are from that area. The terraces pictured with tent like stocks are from Guizhou province and the other photo is from Longsheng area outside of Guilin which are the easiest to view and also hike the "Dragon's Back" hike along the ridges. Nice hotel there too with wonderful views of the terraces. I have spent 21 years traveling through out China and love discovering new places and new things to write about. I will be writing about my next trip this fall which will cover the Silk Road, the Earthquake areas to see how the rebuilding is coming along, the famous Jiujiagou Valley and National Park, Cruising the Yangtze, the wonders of Shangrila and LiJiang areas in the mountains with fun times in Shanghai. Tours to China is my business but learning about the complicated Chinese culture is my passion.

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