Sunday, March 22, 2009

Riding Through The Rapeseed

For the last leg of our journey back up Chang Jiang, we left the river behind and took to the road on a long-distance bus. Surprisingly, this turned out to be a good choice.

The countryside between the small town of Wanzhou and the city of Chongqing is actually rather beautiful. There are hills and valleys dotted with farmlands and terraced landscapes.

As interesting as the terrain was, the real stars of the show were the youcai hua, the rapeseed blossoms. Mile after mile, we watched them go by, vast fields of yellow flowers in full bloom.

Even though we were only able to catch glimpses of the rapeseed blossoms as we sped by, I was left with the impression that long days of hiking through the hills of Chongqing in the spring would not be a bad way to spend some serious time. Maybe on our next go round, Des?

~Steve

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