Monday, 18 May 2009

The Rice Terraces at Yuanyang, 6-9 May 2009

I've always been amazed by rice terraces. The way they are sculpted by hand into hillsides and mountainsides is incredible. Working the terraces is all done by hand also, and the work is just back-breaking.

But having stayed in Yuanyang for three days, I've had enough of them. Yes, they are beautiful. Yes, it is impressive to see how the local people farm the fields. And yes, you can have too much of them!

The reason for such a long stay in Yuanyang was because it took Emma such a long time to reach Yuanyang from the Laos border. I suppose there are worse places to be stuck in China, but after a few days you can't help but feel the old 'Same Same' mantra that haunts much of Asia.

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