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Hiking photos - Wuyuan, April 2011

In April 2011, we headed down to Jiangxi Province in South China to take a look around Wuyuan County. Wuyuan is famous for gorgeous, vast fields of yellow rapeseed flowers, and we timed our visit to make sure we'd see them all in full bloom—beautiful!

There was more than the flowers for us to look at. Also in the area: the ancient architecture and bridges of small riverside villages, the Jiangling Mountains, Jingdezhen, the 'Porcelain Capital' of China. Coming from Beijing, we also found the culture, lifestyle, and food of the area quite different.

Camphor tree and bridge, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

An old bridge leads to a 2,000-year old camphor tree.

Camphor tree, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

Another angle of the old camphor tree.

Yellow flowers, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

We walked by fields of yellow flowers.

Posing for a photo, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

We stopped for a photo with some curious local girls. They said it was the first time they had seen westerners up close.

River, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

A lady washes her clothes in the river.

Hui-style houses, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

Fields of flowers surround buildings built in the Hui architectural style.

Flowers, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

More flowers!

Street food, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

Local snacks for sale on the street side: boiled eggs and peanuts, various skewers, steamed corn and sweet potato.

Water wheel, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

A water wheel in one of the villages we visited.

The Rainbow Bridge, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

The Song Dynasty-era Rainbow Bridge, said to be the best engineered bridge in China.

Houses, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

Houses seen through reeds and flax.

Vegetable washing, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

A lady washes vegetables in the river.

Food, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

The hiking group enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Pottery being made, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

We visited a pottery manufacturer in Jingdezhen, the 'Porcelain Capital' of China.

Shelves of pottery, Beijing Hikers Wuyuan trip, April 1–3, 2011

Pots are dried before glazing and painting.

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