there openend a new hotel in dazhai
sandy, the lady boss is also very helpfull to arrange direct bus connection from / to guilin railway station or airport. hotel has wifi and hot/cold water, private bathroom, private generator (there is often power cut in dazhai). if you arrive dazhai bus station, just ignore all the yao people waiting for you and walk 10 mins to dazhai village. the hotel wisdom inn ist left second house.
Nearby Dazhai village (20 min by bus) is also a tea factory.
Fondest memory: nice quiet place to relax
Favorite thing: The rice terraces look different during different seasons. When we were there, the rice grains were in the midst of turning to slight yellow...Come end October, they will all be in gold. What we can see now is mix of light green and yellow...The harvest month will have the whole terraces in shimmering gold...imagine, with the rays of the sun against it...how picturesque! We saw a picture at our lodge in Dazhai that shows the whole rice terraces covered with snow! Yes, snow does happen in upper parts of Dazhai! If you want to see that, go during Jan/Feb (ie during the Chinese New Year) - you will be freezing. You won't see snow in PingAn - it's a bit too low for snow to stay....
This is how houses are being built on terraces...great effort and lots of strong people. Most workers will spend their nights at workplace to complete the house. They sleep in open air on makeshifts and cooking is done there. Washing is done at streams/springs...
See another pic on structure of house being up...
When you are onboard the bus at Longsheng to either PingAn or Dazhai, the bus will stop at a depot before the village of Jinzhu (Golden River). Here, the ticket officer of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces (Longi Titian) will collect from all foreigners a fee of 50yuan for visiting the rice terraces. This office is set up by the Tourism board. Hey, even if you look Chinese or from different part of the provinces other than those of locals in PingAn or Dazhai - you will need to pay. The officers will know who's who ..... so there's no way you can escape this fee.
A ticket and a little brochure (sorry, write-up is in Chinese) will be given to you upon payment. When you enter either PingAn village or the Dazhai village, there's a gate entrance where you need to present your ticket for verification.
**Remember to bring along your ticket when you hike to/fro PingAn/Dazhai - ticket officer at each village booth will check ticket for re-entry.
There's a web stated in the ticket...www.gltour.com.cn - check it out...
Favorite thing: Porters are a plenty when you arrive at Dazhai, Jingkeng. They are usually Hong Yao ladies with big rattan baskets behind their backs. They have strong legs and strong shoulders to carry your luggages for the 40mins to 1hour hike up to Dazhai village. Understand that there is a queue for each of the porter ie each take turns to carry the luggages so that each has a chance to earn some monies. Porter fee is 10yuan per baggage of standard size.
Favorite thing: This is the bus stop where the buses bound from Longsheng/Daizhai, Jingkeng will finally stop. It's a 2hours ride from Longsheng, fare is 7 yuan. Upon arrival here, you can have your luggages carried by the porters, usually by the Hong Yao (red Yao) ladies..Porter fee is 10yuan per baggage (standard size).
Too bad this map does not have many places translated in English. Roughly, you can see that there are 2 main areas where you can view the Longi Terraced Rice Fields :-
1) At Ping-An which is at the lower base
2) At Dazhai, Jingkeng which is upper north of Ping-An
Map also shows you the Er Long Qiao stop (between Huanglo Yao long hair village and Shuahekou). This is the stop where roads to Ping-An and Dazhai separate.
If you are worried about how to get to Dazhai upon arrival at Longsheng bus station, don't. Loads of "agents" will be waiting for you once the bus from Guilin lands at Longsheng station. If you already have something in mind ie the lodge that you want to stay - just move to main station, ask where the buses bound for Dazhai, Jingkeng is stationed.
Bus schedule from Longsheng to/fro Dazhai :-
Earliest bus at 7am
Last bus at 5.20pm
Interval half hour
Travel time : 2hours
Fare : 7yuan one way
Favorite thing: Here's your choice - the road that will branched off to either PingAn or Dazhai. You can see this sign when you at Er Long Qiao depot.