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Rice and a lot of hair!!!

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Today we took a day trip up to Longji to see the rice terraces. On the way we stopped at a village called Huangluo Yao; also known as Long Hair Village. In this village the woman only ever cut their hair once, when they reach maturity. After that, they never cut their hair again!! The style the hair is worn in signifies whether the woman is single, married, and if she has children. The woman put on a show to demonstrate courting in the village and the marriage ceremony. If a girl likes a boy in the village, she will pinch his bum to tell him (seriously). If a boy likes a girl in the village, he will touch his foot onto hers. Good system!

Before heading to the rice terraces we stopped for a traditional lunch in the village. The bamboo was the tastiest dish...we totally understand why the pandas love it so much!

It was a long (and hair raising!) drive to get the rice terraces. Up and up and up long winding roads. At one point our little mini bus nearly got pushed off the edge by a coach hurling around a corner. Very close call!!

To get to the top of the terraces it was a half an hour walk in stifling heat. Of course, we had to get an ice cream when we got to there to cool off! The views of the rice terraces were amazing and stretched on for miles.

At the hostel this evening we went to our first dumpling party!! Such good fun! We must have made a couple of hundred dumplings between us all and despite some of them looking a bit odd, they were all delicious! Great skill to take home with us!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 07:27 Archived in China Tagged guilin

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Sounds like a brilliant day. I love the sound of the long hair village, if only life was like that, it would be so straight forward!!!

Hope you're enjoying the heat, we're supposed to get snow this weekend!!! xx

by Bobbington

Dumpling parties sound like so much fun. I didn't think anything could top the midget village but I think this just has!

Looking forward to sampling a few when you get back :-)

by Ross

Dad and I plan to have our very own dumpling party on Saturday evening ...! There's nothing better to ward off the cold weather than stew and dumplings ;-)xxxx

by Mum and Dad (Ven)

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