Sissi Janku Art Studio

"I close my eyes in order to see"

Paul Gaugin

Exploring China - 2010 to 2012

While in China, I was determined to see the landscapes around Guilin which are so famous for being the inspiration of many Chinese paintings. I could never imagine, that such landscapes really exist.

So I announced my plan to my painting class and indicated I needed a traveling partner. Rita, a lovely Indian lady from Delhi, who lived in Japan for 9 years before she moved to Shanghai 7 years ago, was delighted to join me. Rita's Chinese is quite good, which came in handy, because the guide we hired was not very good and we took things in our own hands after one day.

The landscape was breath taking, the steep limestone mountains point to the sky like sharp knives and the gentle bamboo forests and little trees that hang on to the sides of the cliffs, were all there. 

The “dragons backbones rice terraces” were very impressive as well. The rice fields rise up to 1,000 m high and are an amazing feat of farming engineering on hills dotted with minority villages. We got there at the perfect time to watch the rice being planted and see the fields filled with water glistening with reflections. Most older women and some of the young ones have “floor length” hair which they wear in a big bun on their forehead. Very interesting.

The hotels and food were good and cheap. At the rice terraces we only paid $45 for the night and 4 meals for both of us. We were glad we paid an extra $6 for a private bath. All in all it was a fabulous trip with thousands of photo opportunities.

To see photos of my trip - See my Photobucket Album! View now

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