Tag Archives: Longji

Portrait of Great Grandma Pan – A Yao minority

Meet great grand mother Pan – a Yao.  Yao people are an ethnic minority group that live in the mountainous terrain in Southern China.  The Pan family lives in Dazhai, a village in the foothills of the Longji RiceTerraces.

Mrs. Pan is in her 80’s, married to a man 4 years her junior.  She has a daughter, grandson and great grandson.  They are farmers and help out in their daughter’s restaurant.

Their house is simple.  The living area has a table, a few chairs, a wash basin, bags of rice, corn, peppers and supplies for their animals which live under their floor boards.


We were treated to a home cooked meal prepared on an open flame on the kitchen floor.  An experience to behold – so far removed from our modern kitchens at home.

Guilin, China and Environs – A Photo Journey

Terrace rice paddies, karsts, ancient villages, the Li River and Cormorant Fishermen.  Guilin has it all if one is an aspiring photographer.

We climbed mountains, waded in the river, traveled by rafts and drove for hours to get the perfect shot.

These are photos from the trip but the ones I’m most proud of will be uploaded separately.

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