CITM 2007 Hosted Buyers Trip to China
Hosted by China National Tourist Office, Toronto, Canada
Air by China Eastern Airlines
October 29th, to November 7th, 2007
 

November 4th
A legend says that during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589), eight dragons emerged from the Liujiang River, and ever since the place has been called the "City of the Dragons."

Up again early and off to the Fantastic Stone Garden of Liuzhou City. Who would have thought that rocks could be so beautiful…not only the ones that are carved, but take a look at the ones that are natural…beautiful! There was even a full banquet table laid out with food – until you got closer and realized they were all stones! Stones are meant to give you inspiration and bring you good luck. Liuzhou evens hold an International Fantastic Stone Festival here.

The flower that you see is called Bauhania x blakeana, or Hong Kong Orchid Tree. I first saw this tree in flower in Hong Kong where I guess they have planted over 65,000 of these trees. Since then I have been finding them in many tropical countries. We were on the road again, and you just never know what you are going to see. We stopped at Rongan County Government Hostel for a great lunch and as we were leaving we created quite the stir with all the pink buses. You can see them looking at us out of the window from the restaurant.

Our next stop was the Wooden Drum Tower in Sanjiang. Usually, the drum tower-constructed of wood and built without nails-is the largest multi-story pagoda-like building in the village. The Mapang Drum Tower, whose base is 169 square meters, possesses all the typical architectural features of Dong drum towers. The tower has nine upturned eaves, and each eave is carved with flowers, grass, fish, birds, and characters. As soon as you enter the Mapang Drum Tower, you will see four indoor pillars made of fir that extend all the way to the top floor. Surrounding the four pillars are a group of twelve mid-sized pillars symbolizing prosperity for the village during the twelve months of the year. Upstairs on the second floor, you will see the most important and precious object in the Drum Tower- a large skin drum that gives Drum Towers their name. The drum is used to summon the villagers if something urgent happens in the village.

Then past rice paddies to the Chengyang Canopied Bridge and the Chengyang Dong village. Then a visit to the the Sanjiang Wind-and-Rain Bridge or Chengyang Canopied Bridge. Located in Linxi Township of the Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, the bridge is listed as one of the three famous bridges from ancient China. Built in 1916, this semi-permanent bridge is 64.4 meters long and has stone piers and wooden girders and pavilions connected by a tile-roofed corridor. Did we have fun here…what wonderful people the Dong are..so warm and hospitable. We spent the evening here with them all and watched as they prepared a meal for us in this big open area…it worked like clockwork. The food was great then the entertainment began…this is village life, rice drying on big pieces of plastic laid out on the ground or tied together in these wonderful shapes for drying, corn drying on roof tops and hanging from beams…little sprouts of plants just poking through the soil, happy faces of children and older people. Everyone here has a purpose for being, contributing to the overall successes of the community. The older people have just as much love of life as the young do. It was indeed a wonderful experience to be here.

Accommodation :Sanjiang Hotel

November 5th
Next morning we were on the road again, this time to Longsheng County and the long hair village of Red Yao Nationality. These ladies were amazing…they could do up their hair in seconds. Each style has a different meaning as well. The young girls wear a type of cap, the unmarried ladies wear another style and the married ladies still another style.

From there we visited the Longji Terrace Fields, where rice is grown. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides. The terraces look like great chains or ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scare arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. There are about 66 square kilometers terraced fields in southeast of Longsheng, The Terraces were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people.
 

 

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row