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The food the food in Southern China

I enjoyed some really tasty and unusual food on this trip.
I recently had read in the newspaper that in southern China, people still eat dogs and cats. While on our trip we were taken to a local market to buy cooking supplies for our cooking class, and we were shocked to hear that butchered cats and dogs could be purchased. We were allowed to walk around and see but were told NO pictures could be taken. Perhaps because the sale of these items is illegal.
The older people usually only eat cat in the winter to supplement their diet. The cat would be used in a (tiger) dish, while snake would be used in a (dragon) dish to fortify the body. In late December a southern newspaper reported about 4 million cats are eaten in China in a year, and the number is rising.
Most of the cat eaters are older people and old habits die hard. Cat dishes are rarely seen on the menus of restaurants downtown, and most young people do not eat them. A law enacted in 2007, states trade in cat meat is illegal. China has recently finished a draft on animal protection, and it is singled out as a punishable offense. (Taken from China Daily newspaper). />

Deep fried smelt fish
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Frogs for lunch! Many years ago I ate frog legs, but this was the first time to actually eat frog.

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Frog meat which was delicious

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Chicken that was cooked over a barbecue in bamboo stalks.

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Young bamboo lightly fried

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Monkey tail vegetable that Lily had picked on our walk to cook for lunch.

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All I could remember was that Patricia had monkey tails in her flower arrangements at her wedding.

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The cooked monkey tails which had a delicate taste.

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We didn’t eat any snake, but heard they use it in many dishes and drinks.

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Passion fruit wine which had a very strong taste.

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Cumquat fruit is in season

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Rat for dinner!!!!!

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Look at that big melon! This was the market that sold the cat and dog!

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Our cooking class, where we prepared, cooked and ate 3 dishes.

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The teacher

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My 3 dishes, eggplant in Yangshuo style, Beer fish which was delicious, chicken with cashew nuts.

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The setting was in an old farm house outside of town which was beautiful.

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Red Yao, long haired women

I found the following long haired women fascinating.

Huangluo Yao Village – “The World’s First Long-hair Village” – it is a certificated reputation that Guinness headquarters granted for it. In the village, the Yao people are called ‘Red Yao’ because of their red clothing. There are about 60 families in the Village. There every Yao woman has a beautiful long black hair on her head. The long hair of most of women can be loosened down to the ground. The longest hair is nearly close to 2 meters.

Black long hairs of the Red Yao women are set like a tray on their head all in the day’s work. The hairstyle is different. Girls’ hair set is wrapped by a coif on which has special signs. Married women’s tray-like hair set is some flat. If a woman’s hair tray is more with a pellet style, it means that the woman already has sons or daughters.

When a Yao girl is 10 years old, she will leave hair with her all the life. But there is an exception that the girl will cut her hair once at her age of 18. The ‘shampoo’ which the Yao females use to wash their hair is not really shampoos, and it is made from rice-washing water with something special. It is very good for keeping their hair jet black and beautiful.

It is said that each Yao Woman has three bunches of hairs on head all her life. It means that two bunches of hairs are tied up with the growing hairs on her head. One bunch is dropped hairs which are collected from every day. Another is the hair cut at her age of 18. From the fact, you can see that the Yao females look hairs as important as their life. When the long hairs are waving and flying with Yao dancing, that is such a kind of charming beauty!  (Taken from China Fact Tours)

As we walked along the rice terraces these two women greeted us.

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The women pulling their hair down.

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The women putting their hair up.

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Our international group. I decided to go on this trip since Mark was still up in Mongolia, and was very happy that Patchara accompanied me on this wonderful vacation.

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Our group represented the following countries, Germany, Israel, Finland, Italy, Thailand, Netherlands, UK.

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We all got along very well, and are already planning a reunion for next week.

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Many more pictures to come.

Longji Rice Terraces (Heaven on Earth)

I think I reached the heart of China, with this trip to southern China.

The Longsheng Rice Terraces (simplified Chinese: 龙胜梯田; traditional Chinese: 龍勝梯田; pinyin: Lóngshèng Tītián) are located in Longsheng County, about 100 km (2 hours drive) from Guilin, Guangxi, China. The most popular are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace.

The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, the highest part being 880 m in elevation while the lowest part is 380 m. The coiling line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of golden rice in fall, and layers of silvery frost in winter. The terraced fields were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago.

Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon’s backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.

They are often considered most beautiful in early June. At this time, water is pumped over the rice paddies and young plants are transferred to the main terraces.

(Taken from Wikipedia)

We spent the night on the hill where the rice terraces are built into the hillsides. They look like great chains of ribbon as they wind from the foot to the top of the mountainous area. The terraces were first built by the Yuan dynasty and completed by the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people.
The tiny strong women work hard carrying our suitcases up the mountain.

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It was amazing to watch them walk about 20 minutes up the slope of the mountain.

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Along the hillside there are hotel, homes and restaurants.

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Our hotel on the hillside, quaint with traditional ambiance.

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The forecast called for rain for the 4 day trip, but we were so lucky as the only rain we received was our first night there.

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The Chinese characters say “Longji Rice Terraces”.

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I went on this tour with Patchara who is from Thailand and works with Mark here in Beijing.

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The rice plants are in the seedling stage.

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We walked along narrow pathways, sometimes filled with water and mud from the previous night rainfall.

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The mist on the mountain was constantly moving in and out.

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I loved this photo of the Zhuang women with their head coverings.

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The babies, the babies

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It was ssooooooooooo wonderful to wake up to the sounds of many roosters and FRESH CLEAN air.

I have so many more pictures to share from the trip.

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As you can tell I took lots of photos, so it was difficult for me to not show more of them.