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Feb 21, 2006 - Terraces, Terraces, and More Terraces

Yuanyang, China I must admit, when I see mountains, I have an inexplicable desire to climb them, to get to the top, to see what's on the other side. From what I can tell about the Chinese, when they see mountains they have an inexplicable desire to terrace them, to grow rice, tea, and/or vegetables on the steep slopes, to create brilliant mosaics with land and water. The land has been worked in unchanging fashion by thousands of generations, each in harmony with the earth. The artwork of their terraces is the beautiful result. We have a...

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Feb 19, 2006 - Gejiu

The sun will come out tomorrow... and it did! Gejiu turned out to be a very nice city despite the fact that we were given a Mary and Jospeph welcome. We walked around Jin Hu lake which actually was a natural sinkhole that enveloped a good part of the downtown in 1954. Now its a beautiful area nestled into the mountains with a great esplanade. We sat down on one of the many benches to enjoy the sights and the sun and before any time had passed we were joined by an old man and his grandson. The old man talked away furiously at us until we...

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Apr 17, 2005 - Geiju to Jianshui

We made an early exit from the guesthouse as we couldn't take the smell of the hole in the floor toilet anymore. Next plan - to find the bus station again and head north east to Jianshui. Two hours later and after talking to a local lad on the bus journey while trying to increase our Chinese vocabulary we arrived in Jianshui. To Chinese people it is a small city but it seemed like a huge place the more we walked around. We found a cheap hotel which cost the same as 'the hole' the night before but again we weren't entirely happy with our...

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Aug 17, 2004 - Les rizières en terrasse de Yuanyang

Yuanyang fait partie des plus beaux paysages de cultures en terrasse au monde. Il aura fallu des siècles aux populations Hani et Yi pour sculpter la montagne, et leur permettre de cultiver la terre dans un environnement qui ne s'y prête pas. Le résultat est stupéfiant de beauté. La montagne est littéralement découpée en tranches.

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