China, "A Forgotten Path", 2014
to the next village
through suspended fog
In 10 years that we had been away, Yangshuo in the southern China's Guangxi region, was transformed from the isolated quiet town it was to a tourist destination for Chinese. We still had a great time and made friends with a woman of 50's called herself Esther. While we were having lunch she came by selling wooden ducks and offered us a night tour to see cormorant fishing. After a hike up the Chin Moon Hill we met with the woman again for the incredible adventure from which later on my daughter wrote a short story.
The next day we took bamboo rafts on the waters of the Yulong River, which is a tributary of the Li River among the dramatic karst landscape.
Town of Xingping on the river has many buildings dating back to the Qing and Ming dynasties.
The following day we visited the Dragon Bridge. The town was empty surrounded by fields of green. We started walking in the tiny dirt paths among the farms. A peasant gave us mandarins more than we could carry and pointed to our empty pockets as a place to store them. Without the thought of having to return we walked until we started to feel our leg muscles. There was no one to be seen. The amazing lightness of being lost surrounded us. It was fine. We waited. A man with an open truck soon approached us.
Huangluo Yao Village is one of the thirteen Yao ethnic villages in the . A custom of red Yao ethnic is that all females should keep a long hair. We saw a performance by these beautiful ladies where they display the hair that they had been tending for many years.
We traveled to the Dragon Backbone (Longji) Rice Terraces in the Longsheng County of the Guangxi region in April just when farmers start planting and irrigating the rice fields with water. Dazhai, which is home to Yao minorities was where we chose to stay since it was less visited than the other nearby towns. On the narrow pathways shared with many minorities of the region we walked for many hours through endless terraces and villages with houses built on top of each other.