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Longji Rice Terraces

For the farmers who reside in the Longji region of Southern China the soaring rice terraces are simply a way of life.  For the thousands of annual visitors who make the two-hour journey from the city of Guilin, however, the Longji rice terraces are an iconic symbol of Chinese agriculture and one of the most photographed sites in the country.

Here in Longji, layer upon layer of cultivated terraces stretch skywards on steep slopes, at some points they slope at over 50° angles. Despite the dramatic grades of the mountainside, however, traditional Chinese rice farmers have managed to sculpt the hillside into orderly terraces which annually yield massive harvests of rice. Though there really isn’t a bad season to visit the Longji rice terraces, the early summer months of May and June are popular for photographers as this is the time of year when the terraces are irrigated and cast a mirrored effect which crawls up the walls of the valleys.

Also known as “The Dragon’s Backbone,” the multi-tiered terraces closely mimic the scales of a dragon’s back while the ridge of the summit weaves in such a way it isn’t hard to imagine a dragon lying down. More than just a scenic set of terraces, however, visitors are able to walk among rural and traditional villages which still house ethnic minority groups such as the Zhuang and Yao people. The terraces are actually a product of the Zhuang people who were forced to live in the hills over 500 years ago. Needing to adapt to their new surroundings they devised the dramatic system of terracing, which dominates the mountains today. Nearby, in the Yao villages, women still grow their hair for the entirety of their adult lives and let it cascade in falling ribbons of black nearly all the way down to their feet; the resulting appearance is a unique cultural favorite among the throngs of Longji visitors.

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Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Take a private day trip from Guilin to Longsheng to discover China’s rich minority culture. Interact with the Zhuang and Yao people in Longsheng and learn ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00

Full-Day Small-Group Tour Longji Rice Terraces and Mountain Village from Guilin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Sometimes a step into other people’s seemingly mundane life is a fascinating discovery for your own life. Come and unravel the secret traditions and ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Guilin Bus Tour of Longji Rice Terraces at Ping'an Village

Book this full-day tour and learn the insight of the village life of Zhuang and Yao Villages, two of the many ethnic minorities in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

7-Day Yangshuo Bike Adventure Including Longji Rice Terraces Hike and Li River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get ready for an adventure-filled week as you explore the rural countryside of Guangxi by bike! Your guided bike tour will take you off the beaten track from ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,254.99

2-Day Private Tour: Classic Li River Cruise and Longji Terrace Tour

This private tour covers some of the must-see highlights in Guilin. You will enjoy the awesome view of Longji Terraces and explore the unique minority culture ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $280.00

6-Day Best of Southern China Private Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo Including Pearl River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the best of Southern China, beginning in Hong Kong and then followed by its famous mainland neighbors - Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng - ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

From USD $1,614.66

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