When you research the Yuanyang rice terraces it comes across as a magical fairy land with out of this world sunrises and sunsets that reflect off the mirrored surfaces of the flooded terraces. They have photos to prove it too. What nobody seems to mention is that these perfect conditions aren’t exactly common and that much of the time the place is shrouded in thick fog. We spent 5 nights in the area and on day 2 we lucked out with an incredible sunrise and sunset. We’re so glad that we went out and took photos when we did. We had no idea how lucky we were as the rest of the time we spent huddled around a fire or hiding in our rooms with the electric blanket cranked up high and a good book in hand. There wasn’t much else to do since the fog was so thick there was only about 5 to 10 meters of visibility most of the time. It’s been much colder here than we expected as it seems like the whole of Southern China is having a cold snap.
Aside from the one day of good weather we also had the good fortune of
staying at a really nice guesthouse in the terraces that served great food and had an amazing view (just down the hill from the popular sunrise viewing platform that charges 60 yuan for the same view). We also had some great company at the guesthouse as we coincidently met a couple of fellow TravelBloggers who actually recognized us from our blogs, and a Belgian couple that we ran into for the fourth time who are cycling their way through China into South-east Asia. It really is a small world after all.
Now we are on our way to Chengdu in Sichuan province which will be our last stop in China (this time around).
Welcome to our travelblog page. We initally called ourselves "AfricaBound" because we spent a year traveling around Africa from August 2007 to August 2008. At that time, little did we even think that we could go on another extended trip. Somehow through much perseverance and determination we were able to save up for yet another extended trip, this time as sort of a honeymoon. Our current itinerary has us traveling from July 2010 until December 2011 through Central Asia, China, New Zealand, Australia and then back up to SE Asia, Nepal, India and then finally Japan.
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