Longsheng Rice Terrace lies in the Longsheng County, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Guilin City. They are also knows as the Longji Terraced Fields or Dragon’s Backbone Ricec Terraces. Longsheng Rice Terrace was built in Yuan Dynasty (1206 CE – 1368 CE) and finished in the early Qing Dynasty. The whole scenic area reaches more than 25 square miles (66 square kilometers) and is divided into two sections. One is in the Ping’an Zhuang Ethnic Village and the other is Jinkeng Hongyao rice terraced field which is the largest and most beautiful terraces in Longsheng.
Built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, the terraced fields segments the mountain into layers which takes on different view in each of the four seasons. The layers of water shine in the Springtime, the layers of green rice come to life in summer, the layers of rice turn golden in autumn, and the layers frost over in winter. The highest part rises half a mile (880 meters) above sea level and the lowest descends to under 1,300 feet (380 meters).
In the scenic area of Longji Rice Terrace live two ethnic groups, the Zhuang and the Yao people. In the Ping’an Zhuang Ethnic Group, visitors can witness the unique traditional ethnic costumes and the Zhuang folk dancing and singing. There are several villages in Jinkeng Hongyao Rice Terrace. One at the foot of mountain is Dazhai Yao Village where you can appreciate the local lifestyle of Yao culture.
Between the two, the Ping’an Zhuang village is the more tourist-friendly, with more paths to walk, hotels, and facilities. While the Zhuang villagers live in traditional wooden houses, this area boasts modern dining options along with transportation with dozens of hostels and hotels to stay in.
The Jinkeng Terraces, on the other hand, are further from where the tourists enter. There are cable cars for transportation but they take about an hour to walk to.
Hiking is the most popular means to visit this scenic area. If hiking, remember to walk along flagstone paths. The locals will often offer to lead the way and carrying traveler’s knapsacks. If you accept their service, you should first ask how much you should pay.
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Admission Fee: 80RMB
Open Time: all day