The Dragon Back Rice Terraces are located in Guangxi Province in southeast China near Vietnam. The nearest city is Guilin, which is close to the Li River.
When we arrived, there was two-legged transportation for anyone who wasn’t strong or healthy enough to climb to the top. There are fifty-six minorities in China and this is an autonomous region where the Zhuan minority lives—the largest minority in China.
Halfway to the top, we passed this woman cleaning rice.
We arrived in the autumn and the rice had been harvested. The terraces were turning brown. For lunch, we ate in the village. The terraced rice was cooked in segments of bamboo over an open fire.
At the top, we looked toward the far mountains—a foggy blue outline. On the way down, we noticed an entrepreneur making money by letting tourists dress in minority costumes and take pictures.
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