Guilin, China

We were given the opportunity to photograph a long hair tribe ethnic people. The ladies cut their hair only once in their lifetime. Going around with long hair is inconvenient, so the hair will be twirled and twisted into a head dress. What surprised me where the ladies were in their 50’s and 60’s, yet they do not have a strand of white hair! I was told their hair are washed by all natural secret recipe of herbs that keep the white hairs at bay.

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Two famous scenes below were Li river (丽江) and Xianggong Mountain (相公山). Both offers beautiful views of rivers and mountains. Unfortunately, the weather was heavily overcast.

Lastly, below are a collection of panoramic shots of the various scenes visited.

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Cormorant fisherman are a dying breed as the the way life is no longer lucrative livelihood for younger generations. The fisherman showed off his birds and enjoyed smokes by the river bank. Every time he cast the fishing net wide open, like a professional dancer graceful and well rehearsed.

Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces (龙脊梯田) actually refers to several villages in Longsheng (龙胜) county. I stayed in Ping’an Village (平安庄) which had short walking access to Nine Dragons and Five Tigers (九龙五虎) and Moon Accompanied by Seven Stars (七星伴月). Both are famous scenic sites that had breathtaking panoramic views, especially during sunrise and sunset. I would recommend at least 2 days to fully experience this wonderful village. The scenes change as the rolling clouds blanket the slopes, or simply dissipate the next moment. I wasn’t fortunate enough to get a good shot of the Golden Hour, but the rolling clouds added a different feel of mystic to the landscape. I vow to return again in different season and maybe another village.

 

The amazing thing I like about China is the fantastic landscape. The landscapes varies greatly from one place to another. Guilin is well known for it picturesque scenics. Their unique round top mountains spreads across the land dotting the landscape. Accompanied by many idyllic rivers, Guilin is a fantastic destination to relax and enjoy nature. Below is a time lapse video of the gorgeous sites I visited.

 

 

I visited Guilin four years ago with my family, where we enjoyed a great deal cruising down its river. This time I joined a group of photographers to visit Longsheng Longji Rice Terrace (龙胜龙脊梯田). I’d recommend at least 2 days to truly soak in the magnificent views it has to offer. The small village on the mountain top are small inns (客栈) run by the local. Most of them are rustic and comfortable enough.

 

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To get to the top, one would need to take a 40 minutes bus ride from the entrance of the park to the mountain base. From there it would be step climbing to the inn and scenic places. Most people would get up there relatively easy. What really rendered me speechless were the porters who would carry our luggage from the bus to our designated inns. They would easily carry 40-60kg of luggages up the steps, and their average ages were 50 to 60 years old! I was panting my way up with only my camera pack and a hiking stick.

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Another highlight of the trip was to take pictures of the Cormorant fisherman against a backdrop of Guilin’s mountains. Traditionally, these fishermen would train the Cormorant to catch fishes for them. With the advancement of society, this method of fishing is getting less relevant.

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Our last scenic stop was a sunrise at XiangGong Mountain (相公山). From the viewing platform at the hill top, we got a top down scenic view of the surrounding mountains and river. Unfortunately, it was foggy with no good sunlight.

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阳朔 Yangshuo in Guilin has unique round top hills that dots the countryside. Enjoy an idyllic bamboo boat down the calm river. July 2012

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