On the way to Yunhe Rice Terraces

How many falling heads are there?
How many falling heads are there?

On the way to Yunhe Rice Terraces

Nancy, my neighbor,  told me that she wanted to visit Yunhe Rice Terraces in Zhejiang Province. As soon as I saw the pictures on the internet, I was like “Let’s go now, right now” …I loved it…The idea of seeing this place, one of the five most beautiful rice fields in China, was making me so excited that I wanted to go there immediately. Two weeks later, we were on the road to explore Yunhe Rice Terraces…The journey to Yunhe Rice Terraces was so remarkable that I had to write it as a separate article because I believe that:

“The best way to get in touch with the culture and to learn more about the local life while travelling is to use the public transportation.”

Here are the things you’re gonna find in this article:

* The amazing journey to Yunhe Rice Terraces with a night train, bus rides and a car(taxi) ride. The local life on the way to Yunhe Rice Terraces.

* The information(the time, cost, map) you need to know to go to Yunhe Rice Terraces.

Let’s keep going…

EXPERIENCING THE LOCAL LIFE WHILE TRAVELLING

Ready to hit the roads

It was time to leave my apartment to meet up with my friends to go to Shanghai Railway Station where we were gonna catch the night train to Yunhe Rice Terraces in Zhejiang Province…

Ready to leave

Ready to leave

Shanghai Railway Station

Here is the famous Shanghai Railway Station…We were lucky that it wasn’t a Chinese holiday cause normally in Chinese holidays this place can be packed, I mean literally! It is huge as you can see:

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Railway Station

We arrived Shanghai Railway Station one hour earlier and we were hungry! So it was the sushi time…The delicious sushies made by Nancy. Here you go, meet my travelling buddies while I am busy with the sushies…

My travelling buddies

My travelling buddies

As we were waiting, I noticed a sweet Chinese kid. We tried to make her laugh…Well, it wasn’t easy but we made it…Isn’t she so sweet?

Lovely kid waiting for the train

Lovely kid waiting for the train

Night-Life in a slow train…

This was going to be my first longest night train ride while seated for the whole night…I wasn’t quite sure whether to get excited or not, but I was definitely looking for this experience…

As soon as we got on the train, we found our seats. Unfortunately, we were sitting separately at the beginning…

Our sitting plan

Our sitting plan

It was obvious that this was going to be completely a different journey…At some point, when everyone started to stare at me, I didn’t wanna stare back at them that much…So sleeping would save you at those times too..If only the lovely lady sitting next to me could let me do that as she kept moving and pushing me to the otherside a little bit more everytime…I wanted to take a nap so much as you can read it from my face…

"I want to have a nap" face

“I want to have a nap” face

When you need to have a rest and someone doesn’t let you do it, it can be really annoying…After a while, I noticed that the lovely lady was asleep..I was suprised cause with the energy level she had, I thought that she was gonna keep doing this for the whole night…Luckily, she was asleep!!! So, it was the perfect time to have a selfie with her…

Selfie time wih my lovely lady

Selfie time wih the lovely lady

But it was too late for me, as I was unable to get to sleep…Books always help, right? Well, here I couldn’t concentrate on my book either…I was keep looking at someone that constantly changing positions…

Trying to concentrate but being distracted

Trying to concentrate but being distracted

This couple was distracted too…

They are distracted too

They are distracted too

The Sleeping Prince Of  Our Train

What do you think we were looking at? A cute baby with his dad…

A cute baby with his dad

A cute baby with his dad

We were distracted by this baby whose father made him to sleep in different positions..Although it was written “Black Bear” at the back of his little trousers, he was “The Sleeping Prince” of our train…

A sleeping prince in different positions

A sleeping prince in different positions

Have you noticed something different on his trousers other than “Black Bear”? If not, here is a more obvious one for you below…

Dude you have a hole in your pants!

Here, at the back of  kids’ trousers, you generally see a big hole…It is easier to get the diaper out and it saves time when they are in the toilet…As you can imagine, it can also smell so good!!! that you may wanna run away immediately…This kid insisted on staying right beside me and thanks to her diaper, we had a great atmosphere around us…

Babies pants

Babies pants

Movie Night On The Train

I love seeing people creating their own entertainment…After having stared at me, these guys started to have a movie night on the train…

Movie night on the train

Movie night on the train

I was a little bit uncomfortable to fall asleep while sitting straight, so I decided to take a walk and see how the night life was going on in the train…

The man sleeping like a baby…

The man who had been distracted by “The Sleeping Prince” of our train, was sleeping like a baby in his lover’s arms.

The man sleeps like a baby

The man sleeps like a baby

My travelling buddies and neighbours were asleep too..

Travelling buddies and neighbors were asleep

My travelling buddies and neighbors were asleep

Ok, let’s take a walk to the other part of the train…

People Sleep like the dead

This was getting a interesting…The train was dead silent…After a while, I found myself staring at the old couple to see a sign of breathing…At some point, you couldn’t go any further as you had to jump over the people. As I didn’t wanna face with a kung fu move from anyone I might disturb unintentionally, it was better to go back to my seat…

Are they really sleeping?

Are they really sleeping?

 How many falling heads are there?

This was my view from my seat…I tried to count and found 12 falling heads…You tell me, how many can you see? This is a tricky question, look carefully…

How many falling heads are there?

How many falling heads are there?

As the night life on the train rocks! as you can see, it was time to have my seat and try to sleep without disturbing the lovely lady next to me…As I shared many sleeping people pictures, I should put my picture too, right?

Finally asleep

Finally asleep

View from my window in the train

When I woke up, this was the view from the window on the left…

View from my window in the train

View from my window in the train

And this was the view from the window on the right…

View from my window in the train

View from my window in the train

Not everyone was interested in the view…

Making herself busy

Making herself busy

The interesting thing was the lights in the train was on for the whole night, so not like the buses…Is this the way it is in every night train? We’ll see in time…Besides, there was a music broadcast in the train started from early in the morning like 4 am…I was like “Am I really hearing this?”…We were lucky that the music wasn’t too bad…

Arriving Lishui Train Station

After 8 hours, we arrived “Lishui Train Station“…Here is the view of our train and the station…In order to leave the station, we had to show our ticket to the person in charge at the gate…

Finally arrived

Finally arrived

The way out from the train station

The way out from the train station

Drivers of many TukTuks (three wheeled cars) and taxis waiting for the passengers outside the station…

TukTuks and taxis waiting for passengers

TukTuks and taxis waiting for passengers

First Bus to Yunhe County…What do you mean by”first”?

We got on our bus, K3, from Lishui West Bus Station to Yunhe County…You can see that also here handles are used as an advertisement tool….Cute baby looking at a foreigner, me,  while sitting on her grandma’s lap…

Inside the first bus

Inside the first bus

This was the view from my window in the bus…

The view from the second bus

The view from the first bus

The second bus to Chongtou Town…Will there be a third one?

At the end of a 30 minute of bus ride, we got off at Yunhe County, we learnt that we had to take another bus to Chongtou Town…

The second bus

The second bus

Here is the view from the bus window…

The view from the second bus

The view from the second bus

After 45 minutes, we arrived to Chongtou Town and saw the TukTuks waiting for us…

Finally arrived to the town

Finally arrived to the town

Not a third bus but a Taxi…Sorry, how long it will take?

We needed to take a taxi to Yunhe Terrace Rice Terraces rather than TukTuks…Nancy as a Chinese girl bargained with the driver while we were waiting for her inside the bus station…Cause when they see foreigners, they charge double or triple…Finally they agreed on 120RMB(in our case 40RMB per person) in total and we were on our way to Yunhe Terrace…We were told that it was gonna take another  1 hour…Gosh!

Let’s have a look at what I captured on the way to Yunhe Rice Terraces

In a car, the front seat is the best place when you need to keep taking pictures…But I wish that I could have sat on top of the car like the ones in India…You’ll understand why I thought like that in the following pictures…

Keep taking pictures in the front seat

Keep taking pictures in the front seat

Seeing the fog around the peaks further away was making me so excited that I was taking about 20 pictures in a minute…

The view from the car

The view from the car

I love to see this color of green and the old tuktuks…

The view from the car

The view from the car

Yeahhh, it was high time getting through the fog…So magical…

The view from the car

The view from the car

Our car

Our car

The view from the car

The view from the car

It made me feel like I wanted to jump into the fog between the valleys if only I knew that I could bounce like the ones in cartoons…You already knew thet I feel like a kid when I am in the nature…

The view from the car

The view from the car

HOW TO GO TO YUNHE RICE TERRACES FROM SHANGHAI? 

Let’s summarize the transportation info to Yunhe Rice Terraces…

Address: Chongtou Town, Yunhe County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province

Shanghai-Yunhe map

Shanghai-Yunhe map

Transportation: As you can see by car, of course, it takes less than the time we spent on the way…

1- The direct train:  You can buy your train ticket at least 2 hours earlier from one of the travel agencies. Get the direct train from Shanghai to Lishui at 23.40 from Shanghai Railway Station.  This is about an 8 hour train ride. The train arrives Lishui around 7.30 am.  It costs 70RMB.

2-The first bus: Lishui West Bus Station is right across Lishui Train Station. Get the bus “K3”.  Get off at Yunhe County. It takes 30 minutes to arrive Yunhe County.  It costs around 3RMB.

3-The second bus: From Yunhe County bus stop you2re gonna see another bus terminal where you’re gonna take another bus to Chongtou Town. It takes 45 minutes to arrive Chongtou Town. It costs 20RMB.

4-The Taxi: Outside the bus station in Chongtou Town, you’ll find taxis and tuktuks that can take you to Yunhe Rice Terrace. You should take a taxi instead of a tuktuk as the road is full of  curves which make the road a little bit dangerous and you’ll be climbing up so better not to take tuktuks if you don’t wanna be flown away by the wind. It takes 1 hour to arrive Yunhe Rice Terraces by taxi. The cost depends whether you have a Chinese friend with you or not and his/her and your bargaining skils. In our case, It cost 120RMB altogether, 40 RMB per person.

The total transportation cost

Per person: It was 133RMB ( 22,17US, 44,33TL) which was really economic.

The total time spent on the road

More than 10 hours…It was a long journey for a weekend getaway trip but totally worth it!

Get ready to see Yunhe Rice Terrace, one of the five most beautiful Rice Terraces in China, in our next post…

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