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Longji Rice Terraces
For the farmers who reside in Southern China’s Longji region, rice terraces are simply a way of life. Yet for the thousands of annual visitors who make the 2-hour journey from the city of Guilin, the Longji Rice Terraces—nicknamed the Dragon’s Backbone—are an iconic symbol of Chinese agriculture and one of the most photographed sites in the country. 

The Basics
Here in Longji, in Longsheng county, layer upon layer of cultivated terraces stretch skyward 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 that annually yield massive harvests of rice. 

When visiting the Longji Rice Terraces, you can walk among rural and traditional villages that still house ethnic minority people such as the Yao and Zhuang people. Most travelers visit as part of a guided day trip from Guilin; these self-guided, small-group, or private tours often include a visit to a Zhuang or Yao village, where women still grow very long hair in a traditional style.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Longji Rice Terraces are a must-see for photographers and those looking for a rural escape.
  • Day trips to the rice terraces from Guilin last upwards of eight hours, and often include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Guilin hotel.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

How to Get There
Due to their considerable distance from Guilin (59 miles/95 kilometers), the easiest and most convenient way to visit the terraces in and around Longsheng is to book a guided tour. 

When to Get There
Though there really isn’t a bad season to visit the Dragon’s Backbone. The early summer months of May and June are popular for photographers, as this is when the terraces are irrigated and cast a mirrored effect that crawls up the walls of the valleys. 

Which Terraces to Visit
The Longji region is home to several picturesque rice paddies, the most famous of which are the terraced fields of Ping’an Village. Less touristed and perhaps more visually impressive are the fields at Jinkeng near Dazhai Village. 
Address: Longsheng, Guilin, China
Admission: CNY 50
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Private Day Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Long Hair Village

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Immerse yourself in the minority cultures and natural landscapes on a full-day private tour from Guilin. Your break from the crowded city begins with pickup from your hotel.  Relax on your way to the Longji Rice Terraces with your private guide. Visit Huangluo village and learn about the lifestyle of the local people. Experience a different culture in Ping'an Village and explore the traditional wooden houses (entrance at your own expense).
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Gain a more intimate insight into village life and Chinese minority cultures with a private tour of the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Your private guide will explain the traditions of Yao and Zhuang people before you visit Huangluo village. Next, drive to Ping’an village to trek to two of the most beautiful rice-terrace views. After lunch, your driver will drop you back to your hotel.
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Discover Longsheng and China’s rich minority culture on a full-day guided tour from Guilin. Take an easy walk around to snap photos of the famous Longji Rice Terraces and admire spectacular views of the cultivated mountain expanses. Have lunch in Pingan Zhuang Village and learn from your guide about the local Zhuang and Yao communities. Then relax as your round-trip transportation returns you to your Guilin hotel. A great trip for photographers!
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Discover the spectacular beauty and local cultures of the Longji Rice Terraces on a full-day tour from Guilin. Take in Huangluo Yao village to learn about the Yao and Zhuang peoples that have cultivated these rice terraces for more than 800 years. Have lunch in the village and taste bamboo rice, a specialty dish cooked in a bamboo stalk. Then ascend the mountain to visit Ping’an village and take a walk through the Longji Rice Terraces. Photo ops abound in this stunning region — keep your camera handy!
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Get an insight into local lifestyles that are impossible without a guide on this day trip to the Longji rice terraces. Discover the unique culture of the Yao women, with their impossibly long hair, soak up stunning rice terrace views, enjoy a local lunch, and hike the “Dragon’s Backbone” through Zhuang and Yao villages. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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From Guilin, enjoy a full-day tour that showcases the scenery and indigenous cultures of the Longji Rice Terraces. Your private vehicle climbs the mountain to the Longji Rice Terraces where you get fantastic photo ops while walking around with your guide. After lunch, visit a local village and learn about the traditions of the Zhuang people, who have been farming rice in the terraces for centuries. Your tour includes a private guide and climate-controlled vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Guilin.
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Visit Guilin’s top attractions over two days on a private tour that features a Li River cruise and Longji Rice Terraces. On the first day, set out on a Li River cruise, passing through gorgeous landscapes en route to Yangshuo. See West Street and local villages before returning to Guilin. Then head to Longji Rice Terraces, a scenic place where rice is cultivated on mountain slopes by Zhuang villagers. Your private guide shares informative commentary throughout your tour, which includes transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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