Well, you main purpose of coming here is to see the rice terrraces....you got it....all around you! Dazhai is part of the famous Longi Titian (means Dragon's Backbone Rice Terrraces), the other being in PingAn, slightly down south (together with some of the other smaller villages). It is said that the higest terrace is of 1180m high and the lowest...more
One of the things to do is to trek down to touristy PingAn - just to check the difference.. We started at 8am. We had Mrs Pan, our guide of 65years old (boy!she's strong!) . The trek is 4hours, oneway. Mrs Pan explained that the pathway of stones/slabs along contours of rice fields were laid by their forefathers. The stones were painfully taken...more
For vegetarians, have not fear for hunger as you will find that most of the lodges in Dazhai has abundance of vegetables and they are real fresh ..... each family has a patch of land which they grow simple vegetables. They will most likely just pick the vegetables ordered directly from the farm and cook for you. The vegetables, lightly fried with...more
This is a heavy dinner.... somehow we have over-ordered! The hilight is the Bamboo rice - it's glutinious rice cooked in bamboo. Rice, mushrooms, groundnuts and sauce are inserted into bamboo tubes and baked till cooked. To eat, split the bamboo into half and ....there, you have your delicious bamboo rice. The pure aroma of the rice will make you...more
Simple breakfast Guilin "mi fun" (noodles) is famous all over Guilin. As Dazhai is part of Guilin, no doubt, you will get to experience their famous noodles. At Tian Ti - breakfast is a simple serving of Guilin "mi-fun" in soup, topped with some vegetables and a poached egg. You want it to be spicy like I love it to be - ask for chillies to be...more
There is in season (from march to october) a direct mini-bus from Guilin (Railway Station) to Dazhai. MOstly departure 8.30, sometimes also second bus at 14.40. You can also ask for direct Bus from Guilin Airport. For Details aks sandy 1 day in advance email@example.com or +86-189-77391660 (also english spoken). otherwise you take bus from guilin...more
From the Longsheng bus station, to get to Dazhai, board the small bus in the same station which is heading for Dazhai, Jingkeng. Interval of bus : every half an hour. Earliest bus is at 7am and the latest bus is at 5.20pm. Journey is 1.5hours. Fare is 7yuan per pax one way. You will pass by town of Heping and the branch roads of PingAn and Dazhai...more
There is practically no shops designated for shopping. Shopping will simply means buying displayed handicrafts in the lodge you are in or Hong Yao ladies will drop by your lodge to sell you their wares. They are nice "salespersons" as they are not really aggressive or get angry if you do not buy from them. Most of the wares are small pouches, wallets, purses, scaves and bookmarks. Bigger items are the Hong Yao's costumes, table runners, envelopes holders and shawls. These are usually made of woven materials or in embroidery. You can bargain for the items - willing buyer, willing seller.. Small items cost about 15yuan to 30yuan and bigger items could run into 200-400yuan.
The only shops are some sundry shops selling drinks and groceries.
Costumes==Colorful top coat and sleeves with many intricate embroidery. Usually of bright colors. Most will be wearing coat of black base with red or pink embroidery. A sash of woven material is worn round the waist. Headgear usually of black wrap. Black pants with some embroidery at base. Older married women usually with heavy silver...more
The small bus running from Longsheng to/fro Dazhai, Jingkeng is a carrier for all stuff. You can even transport furnitures like this lady did - a new table bought from Longsheng town and taking it back to Dazhai...Most passengers will buy lots of stuff from town (groceries, baby chicks and ducks for rearing, anything you can think of..). Some more...more
A local lady contacted the sedan chair porters and agreed on a price of RMB150 per sedan chair.The leader of the sedan chair porters took us to a hotel and insisted that we stay there. He definitely arranged for a commission if we had stayed there.We refused and told him that it was the wrong hotel as we had showed the hotel picture to the lady...more
Along some of the viewpoint stations or near villages, you will see group of Hong Yao ladies offering to show you how they expertly comb their really long hair (yeap...some hair even touching the ground..) and then coil it up into a neat bun, without looking into the mirror!. You need to pay to watch...so if you are not going to pay, try not to...more
Luggage and bags:
small backpack for day use. A cap
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable sneakers or sandals - good grip.
a light overcoat or jacket or a shawl - nights could be cold
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: normally those lodges up the hill do not provide toiletries or towels... bring your own. A sunblock would be useful if the heat is on. They do provide toilet rolls though.
Photo Equipment: of course...lots of memory card and heavily charged batteries
there openend a new hotel in dazhaihttp://www.wisdom-inn.comsandy, 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...more
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...more