One on the bus she told us that we had to pay for the bus that is inside the park an extra charge and then also pay another £6.50 for a show by a long haired tribe. We didn't want to but you don't really get given a choice so we paid that too. The woman told us that in this long haired tribe all the girls have hair that is around 2 meters long. Also when they go to the toilet they go outside and use newspaper to cover their faces so people can't tell who they are. But that would totally not work because you can tell who someone is even if you can't see their face. They also pinch bums if they like someone. And that's all I really remember.
We got to the terraces and jumped on a park bus but it was full. So our guide left me and Dan with a different guide and then just got on the full bus without us. We waited around not really knowing what we were meant to do as the new guise had run off. When he finally appeared and then we joined a new group onto a park bus. This guide had better English so it wasn't so bad.
We arrived at the long haired tribes village or fake village I'm not really sure and looked in a house. Then went to go see the show. At the start basically all they did was show they long hair whilst singing that sounded like dying cats. Just because they had long hair didn't mean that they could sing. So they really shouldn't have. Then after this they picked men from the audience to go up. We had a camera crew in ours with a presenter so he got picked and two other Chinese. They then asked for a Westerner, there were 3 including Dan. There was an awkward moment where none wanted to go up, and there was absolutely no way on earth that they were going to pick Dan. I could see it in his face. Eventually an older Australian guy took one for the team and went up. First they had to pick a girl and then pound some rice or something. Then go put a costume on and sing a love song to their bride. This was followed by some okie kokie dance and some bum pinching from the women. It was so cringeworthy and horrible and because we had a presenter there being filmed it seemed to go on forever. And we had paid for this horrible show!!
Finally the show was over and we had to wait a good 30 mins for our bus to arrive. Then we were on to the longji rice terraces. We climbed a big hill and ate at a restaurant, the specialities were bamboo chicken and bamboo rice. In which the chicken was cooked in the middle of a bamboo pole. We got it and it was horrible. The cuts of meat were things we would there away at home and we couldn't eat some much of it as it was mostly bone that it felt like we left more food then we had started with. The rice was nice though!
We then climbed even higher to go see the terraces which after everything although looked pretty we didn't really care about anymore. Each season they look different. In spring is best as they are filled with water and look really cool, summer they are green, autumn yellow and winter just snow on them. In longji as they have been carved into the hills I guess a few hundred years ago they gave a really cool formation which is why people go there. The time of year we went was early autumn so the colours were green turning to yellow. We sat there and looked at the view because we were tired and it was hot. And we wished that we hadn't bothered going to this tour at all.
After we got a coach to Guilin where we were getting a night train. The coach said it dropped us near the train station but this other backpacker said she knew the way and we followed her which was a mistake as she got us all lost and a 5 min walk turned into a 40 min journey through Guilin carrying our backpacks. We got the train in good time though and it was a nice one as we had nice people to share with. It was our most comfortable and cleanest train journey. Save the best till last I guess!!