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Published: August 2nd 2008
Baimai ducks that Shuan Shuan liked.
Guilin noodles for breakfast was good. Tastier than the noodles in Yangshou (3.5RMB). After trying in vain I managed to get rid of my fake 50RMB to the bus station for the ticket to Longsheng rice fields (back to where it came from). Juan Juan taught me to check that the notes made a sound when you flapped it and if you weren’t sure it was ok to ask for change in 10 and 20RMB notes as they usually weren’t fakes.
There are seldom places I can imagine living. Longseng is definitely one of them (also in Dali and the Yubeng village in China). It took 2 buses, 4 hours and 25RMB later to get to the village Baimai where we were staying. It was defiantly worth it. The guest house let me do my washing there for free - and charged 20RMB to stay there. The ladies that lived there if they were traditional let their hair grow long and never cut it - it was generally past their bottoms. We hiked to the third scenic spot in the village. It was pretty romantic, the rice fields from the top looked like these crazy mazes weaving into each other. It
was dark and misty but still a wonderful view. We were invited to visit one of the homes of the Yao people (the residents of the village Baimai). The house was big but basic - no beds people just slept on the floor and made rice in the corner of the room with this awesome contraption.
The next morning me and Juan Juan left the house at 4:10am for sunrise. It was a bit spooky walking up and we got lost. Juan Juan yelled and woke up the local Yao guy living there. He said he would take us to the scenic spot if we like for 10RMB. On the way up he told us he was 56 but I thought he looked younger. He said his dad was 86 and still worked on the rice fields and grandma was 97 and still kicking. His mum had him at 15 - though Juan Juan said this was pretty young. The second scenic spot where he took us to was spectacular. Even though the sun was covered by the clouds the view was amazing. I thought if someone was to propose to me on these mountains I don’t know how
I would be able to say no. I felt bad about the guy having to get up early to guide us and wanted to give him a 5RMB tip but Juan Juan said no. He offered to take us to the number one scenic spot for 20RMB but Juan Juan got it down to 15RMB. She wanted to get it down more but I said its ok I will pay I really wanted to see it.
We got to the top and the view again was breath taking. I took so many photos that I spent the next train ride deleting the duplicates. On the way down I met these cute dogs that I took photos of and gave snack to.
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