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Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang April 13th 2014

"Cet après midi on s'est baladés dans les villages dong, c'est vraiment magnifique ! Et sinon, dans un des villages j'ai joué au ping-pong contre un chinois, c'était bien marrant ! Visiblement il y a plein de vidéos ;p La météo aujourd'hui, ça allait même s'il ne faisait pas hyper chaud, mais d'un côté c'est pas plus mal parce que c'est très humide, y'a des rizières et tout ça. Donc s'il avait fait aussi chaud qu'à Pékin le premier jour ça aurait été galère pour marcher et tout ça. La visi ça allait, on avait une belle vue sur les villages quand même, ça aurait pu être plus dégagé mais honnêtement ça allait nickel ! Il n'a même pas plu alors que c'était prévu, on verra bien demain ce que ça donne. A Hong Kong il ... read more
On se promène de village en village
Vue du resto à midi ;p
Patraq déguste son poulet aux cacahuètes

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang April 13th 2014

Coucou ! On est bien arrivés dans les villages dong, c'est magnifique. C'est dans la région de Chengyang près de Sanjiang. Ce sont plein de petits villages avec des ponts en bois construits sans clous ni vis, très jolis. On a trouvé un hôtel pour ce soir et là on part se balader, peut-être en vélo si on en trouve.... read more
Vue sur le pont Chengyang yongi bridge
Vue depuis le village ma'an

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang February 14th 2013

As we left Da Zhai by bus (very cheap 5 yuan each) the views as we went down the mountain were still obscured by misty rain and heavy fog. An hour and half later we arrived in Longshen - the usual unattractive pile of white tile covered square buildings common in most secondary Chinese towns - where our bus lady directed us onto a bus (10 yuan each) just leaving the terminal. We've been really well looked after (except in Guilin!) by bus staff - they often personally guide us to the correct bus and make sure we get on ok. A couple of hours later we had arrived in Conjiang and were in yet another minibus (40 minutes) enroute to Chengyang. It was a pretty drive and we were really looking forward to spending some ... read more
Gilded toddler
Chengyang Bridge by day
Smoking meat

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang April 17th 2012

Last thursday morning I left my hotel in Ping An very early and walked down the hill in the rain to the carpark to catch the bus to Longsheng. The bus was on time but we had to wait about 30 minutes for some passengers that had been at a large wedding in town and were a little late getting up. It was an enjoyable 40 minute trip and the guy I had been sitting next to showed me the bus to get on for Sanjiang. We left right away and it took only an hour and a half to arrive at the Sanjiang bus station. A couple of the things I have noticed in China is the number of bridges they have, and also how much cement is being used for government works as well ... read more
View of Chengyang
Chengyang - Drum tower in town square
Chengyang - Water wheel

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang April 11th 2010

Day 135: Sunday, April 11th, 2010. Chengyang, China. Sing along with me, "Who needs sleep? Never gonna get it. Who needs sleep? Baby what's that for?..." Ugh. So, started to fall asleep and then I woke up about 10 minutes later with my legs itching like crazy. Threw off the very heavy duvet cover and pulled up my PJ pants but couldn't see any bug bites or rashes on my legs and the itching was already subsiding. Weird. Put the duvet back on and about 10 minutes later, same thing. The duvet smelled clean, so I don't think it's bed bugs (especially since I don't see bites), so I don't know if I'm getting too hot because it is a very heavy duvet. Problem with sleeping without the duvet is that it gets pretty cold here ... read more
View of Chengyang
Market day!
Dick, Judy, Rita and Mr. Peacock in the study with a lead pipe.

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang April 10th 2010

Day 134: Saturday, April 10th, 2010. Liuzhou to Chengyang, China. Per Intrepid Notes, "Days 16-17 Chengyang After a relaxing morning we take a local bus to Sanjiang (approx. 4 hours), followed by a transfer to Chengyang (approx. 1 hour). Chengyang is undoubtedly one of the most special places in China, thanks to its exquisite Wind and Rain Bridge. We stay here in a wooden guesthouse set near the riverbank, and after settling into our accommodation, we enter the village by crossing this special walkway. These bridges, or 'fengyu qiao' as they are called locally, once served religious purposes but are now mostly used as a place for the local people to sit around, chat and sell their wares. They were traditionally built entirely in pegged cedar, and it is often said that not a single nail ... read more
Us (thrilled) while waiting at a bus station.
View from our balcony door.
View from roof restaurant

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang September 14th 2009

...so finally, after leaving the rice terraces behind in the morning mist of a rainy day... after some 3 hours of a bus ride I got to the place I wanted to visit and discover the most on this trip- the land of the Dong minority. With huge huge expectations! A small (cca. 2.9 - 3 million) nation known for it's special talent of carpentry wich results in amazing own architectural styles: two special public building types and very own construction principles for residential building. My first Dong area to stay at for three days was the Sanjiang County, with the famous Cengyang wind and rain bridge and about seven small Dong villages around. the Dong Wind and Rain Bridge A type of bridge got it's name from the fact of being such strong and secure ... read more
...to one of the biggest and most magnificent wind-and-rain bridges of the Dong minority
2 pedestals + 3 piers = 5 towers on top of them
the monumental entrance to the Ma'an village area

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang August 27th 2009

Day 422: Tuesday 25th August - It feels like I’ve taken a step back in time to another century Today I swap the fantasy world of the Longji Rice Terraces for a world of yesteryear at Chengyang. I leave Ping’ An on the 9am bus, one last look up the hill at the surreal sight of the beautiful terraces. At Longsheng I part company with Jimmy and Maria who are going on to Guilin. I take a bus to Sanjiang, two hours away. As we approach Sanjiang, driving alongside the river we pass a number of impressive bridges and their refection in the clear water. Bridges is what Sanjiang area is famous for. Sanjiang itself is a dusty, dirty small city and I stay only the length of time it takes to wait for a bus ... read more
1. The view from my balcony, Chengyang
3. Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge
10. View over Chengyang and surrounding villages

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang June 24th 2009

Most of you (including myself) would be surprised that I ended up back in China since my last visit didn't leave me with a burning desire to go back (it may have had to do with the 40 degree heat and the all city tours). I wanted remote China and this trip through Guangxi (southern China) gave me just that. No other foreigners in sight for days and it was delightful to be able to stare blankly at touts when they tried to talk to me only in Mandarin. Highlights: Hua Shan: Checking out the remote Hua Shan area a few hours away from the Vietnamese-China border and visiting the Zhuang minority villages. We were able to visit the Unesco world heritage Hua Shan Bihua cliff art site likely painted by the Zhuang minority 2000 years ... read more
seeking shade
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Hua Shan cliff art

Asia » China » Guangxi » Chengyang February 8th 2009

Days 22-23 Chengyang Day 22 we take a local bus to Sanjiang (approx. 4 hours), followed by a transfer to Chengyang (approx. 1 hour). Chengyang is undoubtedly one of the most special places in China, thanks to its exquisite Wind and Rain Bridge. These bridges, or 'fengyu qiao' as they are called locally, once served religious purposes but are now mostly used as a place for the local people to sit around, chat and sell their wares. They were traditionally built entirely in pegged cedar, and it is often said that not a single nail was used in their construction. In the afternoon, we attend a minority performance held in the village, and have the opportunity to take part in bamboo pole dancing as well as to sing along to the 'rice-wine' song. WE WILL KEEP ... read more




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