Time flies... Next year will be a decade since we experienced China, just months after the Summer Olympics hosted in Beijing.
We went with our frequent travel companions Mike and Nicole. Nicole is from Hong King so it was a special experience to visit China with them. However it was often funny since she speaks Cantonese and not Mandarin which wasn't always helpful when we were lost, needed assistance or buying souvenirs. It was incredibly helpful when in restaurants since she could at least read most food items on the menu.
Between visiting large, populous metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we wanted a chance to experience the #countryside and natural beauty of #China. The type of magical #landscape you see in historical Chinese brush paintings, illustrated expertly in black ink on rice paper. And #Guilin, in South China, provided us with a entree into this world, the country's rural heartland, of #karst mountains, tranquil lakes, and dramatic cave formations. On our day trip to #Longsheng, we felt transported into another time, the verdant rice terraces, fragrant teas poured beautifully into clay teacups, and small houses and shops dotting the landscape was as advertised. The #DragonsBackbone, and the #Longji Rice Terraces is not for the faint of heart, with winding, stone steps. We huffed and puffed, climbing up and up and up, accompanied by our friendly guide Gary, learning about the fascinating #history, traditions and ethnic minorities that live in this area. We stopped along the way up, to eat at a local restaurant, slightly concerned as we saw staff in the back washing food and dishes in small, simple basins. I tried very hard to just be present, embrace the experience and just let go. And when you turn around, and you witness this view, you just stop thinking, and for a moment you don't feel the heat or the exhaustion or the impatience. You take it all in and you just be. .
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