Off the beaten track in China? Most people don’t venture out past the hustle and bustle of Beijing and Shanghai or past the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an. What if I were to tell you that the country side in China is the place to be.
Flying with Air China to Guilin via Beijing, a 2-hour drive on windy roads through the mountainside, 200-meter cliff face drop offs, past farms and greenery, you will arrive by the riverside at Longsheng County, home to the Yao, Zhuang, Miao and Dong minority groups. From there you will drive up the hill to arrive at Ping An & Lonji village, the home for your next few days.
You will be met by the hostess from Li An Lodge, who will take you on a leisurely stroll through the local markets, up into the hills, where you can enjoy the beauty of the rice terraces and wooden structures in the village before arriving at the lodge.
The amazing, luxury Li An Lodge sits on top of the mountain overlooking the rice terraces so you are able to experience a viewpoint like no other. Created by Keren Su, it is made entirely of wood with no nails, this lodge has been a place where art lovers, photographers, and travellers can come to step back in time to experience what life was like (or is still like) for the Chinese country-siders.
The rice terraces of Ping An Village, a place where beauty unfolds as far as the eye can see as the terraces unwind endlessly. Different walking tracks and exploring through the terraces will take you to different villages where you will be welcomed by the locals and greeted with warm smiles. The people are simple and all live off the local land, but it will give you a great appreciation of life away from the big city, huge construction, pollution, and noise.
Each season will bring a different experience to the village so no matter when you go. Summer brings bright green rice terraces with blue sky and views that will amaze you. Head into Autumn and the green turns to golden yellow when the village prepares for festivities and celebrations before the harvest in October. The winter months is a spectacular time of year with the terraces and mountains covered in snow, but the lodges where you stay and the hot springs in the area will make up for the chill. The year will finish in Spring when the villagers and busy working and getting the terraces ready under the cool skies.
A trip to China is not complete without a visit to Longji Village and a stay at Li An Lodge.
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