As mentioned in the previous post, I came to Guilin in part to go to the Longji rice terraces. Famous for the excessively large number of terraced rice paddy fields on its mountain, which have created an intricate pattern on the hillsides, the Longi terraces also house the villages of minorities of the Zhuang and Yao people.
Longji means 'Dragon Backed Mountain'. When the paddies are full of water in spring, it is said to resemble the scales on the back of a dragon. The fields are beautiful all year round, in the early stages when filled with water, and as the rice grows and matures, changing colours as it does so.
The Longji terraces are comprised of two separate but closely located areas: the Ping'An terrace fields, and the JinKeng terrace fields, each with their own villages and hamlets within easy walking distance. My tour was of the Ping'An fields.
Bamboo cooking. Inside is either rice or chicken. For the rice dish, the rice is stuffed inside the hollow core of a bamboo along with some meats, vegetables and spices. The bamboo tube is sealed and placed on the fire to cook. Chicken is basically the same technique.