This would also fit as a Tourist Trap tip, but if you go to the area, it's the thing to do: get up early and catch the sun rising over the terraces. You go to a special location (one of possibly several) and set up with your new tout friends (see my intro page for Xin Jie) and new tourist friends and prepare to be amazed... unless it's cloudy. But...more
This is one of the best restaurants in Xinjie, by my experience. It's also one of the two I went to. It's a nice atmosphere near the square, and the sign says something about accepting all people or walks of life or patronages or something like that... Go. They have an English menu and a refridgerator with a glass window so you can select the meat and vegetables you want and they will make their dish based on what you ask for. Good, fresh food.
Favorite Dish: I highly, highly recommend the chili chicken. Get some beer- it's spicy.
While it might feel great, speeding around the voluptuous side-roads of China, keep in mind that around any bend could be anything. An oncoming truck in your lane, kids playing in the street, a missing bridge, someone's house or any of a myriad of barnyard animals, such as pictured below. Keep it slow and enjoy the scenery!more
Local men are only permitted to shave while squatting precariously on new construction sites. No shaving cream is allowed, but blue plastic mirrors are standard equipment. ;)
As I've mentioned eariler, mostly annoying touts greet you as you step out of your car or bus.
You don't need to hit the tourist spots to see terraces. They're all around you near Xinjie. You'll pass them enroute to the other ones and you might even find better images at these places. While the sunrise/sunset viewing may not be as good, there are no touts.Five images. See the "Other Terraces" travelogue for more images.more