Longji Terraced Fields
Longji's terraced fields offer some of the most fantastic scenery in Guilin or indeed China. Beautiful when the sun reflects in the water of the paddy fields and glowing with yellow ears when the harvest is ripe, Longji (Dragon's Back) is a feast for the eyes
The Longji Terraced Fields are located in Longsheng County about two hours from Guilin. The rice terraces are built into the hillsides, and look like great chains or ribbons as they wind round the contours in tiered bands. In some places there are terraces from the bottom to the top of the hillside.
This ingenious irrigation method makes the best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in this mountainous area. There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in southeast Longsheng.
The Terraces were first built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and were completed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by the Zhuang people and Yao people.
The most popular terraced fields are the Jinkeng Red Yao terraced fields and the Ping'an Zhuang terraced fields. By comparison, the Ping'an Zhuang terraced fields were developed much earlier, and are more touristy and crowded, but the Jinkeng (Dazhai) Red Yao terraced fields are more spectacular and quiet.
In Ping'an Zhuang Village and Jinkeng Yao (Dazhai) Village, there live the Zhuang and Yao minorities. They keep their own cultures and live in their old wooden houses.
The terraced fields have three entrances: Ping'an Village, Longji Ancient Zhuang Village and Dazhai Village. There are direct buses from Guilin to each entrance. You can choose the most convenient one. If you wish to go back to Guilin on the same day, it is suggested that you leave the scenic area before 15:00.
Best times to visit
- From mid-April to mid-June the fields are well-watered and you can see water glittering in the sun in spring.
- From July to mid-September it is the growing period for the grain seedlings. You will see green and vigor everywhere.
- From September to early October, the rice on the fields is ripe; you will see layers of carpets of golden yellow. Farmers can be seen harvesting in the fields from around October 1st to 15th.
- You will see nothing more than the plain scenery of gray fields from October 15th to April.
Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraced Fields 平安壮寨梯田
The Ping'an Terraces are located in Ping'an Zhuang Village. The main attractions are "Qi Xing Ban Yue 七星伴月" - Seven Stars Surrounding the Moon - and the "Jiu Long Wu Hu 九龙五虎" - Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. These attractions are spectacular. The nearby Longji Old Village is also interesting. There are golden corns hanging under the roof of every family which is a sign of harvest.
Qi Xing Ban Yue known as Seven Stars Surrounding the Moon is comprised of seven small piles which were left when the area was developed. The piles stand separately in the middle of seven fields. It looks like there are seven shining stars guarding the moon-like field from afar. It is a perfect place for photography which can't be missed.
Jiu Long Wu Hu known as Nine Dragons and Five Tigers or "Nine Dragons" refers to nine ridges which have branched off from the main vein. Along the terraces, you can see that the ridges look like nine dragons bending over to drink the water in the Jinsha River. Alongside, there are five tiger-like piles, guarding the beautiful land. Read more on Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraces
We can arrange a private van and driver for you, with a private English speaking tour guide. If you wish to go alone, you can take the express bus from Guilin to Longsheng County first. The price is 40 Yuan. It takes two hours. There are lots of buses from Guilin Bus Station to Longsheng which are available every 15 minutes. Then you can change the bus from Longsheng to the Ping'an (Longji) Parking Lot. The price is 15 Yuan and the duration is half an hour. After that, you need to walk for another 20 minutes to get to Ping'an Village. The route back is the same but do pay attention to the departure time. The last bus from Ping'an Parking Lot to Longsheng departs at 16:30. Don't miss it.
The stone road uphill has many twists and turns; some sections are even steep, so please mind your step when hiking. From Ping'an Parking Lot to the Seven Stars Surrounding the Moon on the mountain top takes about 40 minutes on foot.
Jinkeng Red Yao Terraced Fields 金坑红瑶梯田
The Jinkeng Terraces consist of Dazhai Village, Tiantouzhai Village, Zhuangjie Village, Xinzhai Village and Xiaozhai Village. The main attractions are located in Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village. Tiantouzhai Village is near the premier sightseeing point. Dazhai is between the second and third sightseeing points.
The main attractions at the Dazhai Terraces are, the premier sightseeing point at Xishan Shaoyue （西山韶乐）, the second sightseeing point at Dajie Thousand-Layer Terraces （大界天层天梯） and the third sightseeing point at the Golden Buddha Peak （金佛顶). The three attractions are scattered in the shape of a half circle.
The premier sightseeing point at Xishan Shaoyue: it is slightly far away from the second and third sightseeing points. It is the highest point (with an altitude of 1,180 meters) and the vision there is the broadest. You can see the sunrise and sunset there. It takes two hours to get there on foot.
The second sightseeing point at Dajie Thousand-Layer Terraces: it is relatively low and easy to climb to as the road condition is good. The terraces are fantastic and you can see the Yao people's houses from there. It is an excellent place to see a sunrise. Read more on Jinkeng Red Yao Terraces
The third sightseeing point at the Golden Buddha Peak: it is the best place to take photos of a sunset.
We can arrange a private van and driver for you, with a private English speaking tour guide. If you wish to go alone, you can take the express bus from Guilin to Longsheng County first. The price is 40 Yuan and it takes two hours. There are lots of buses from Guilin Bus Station to Longsheng which are available every 15 minutes. Then you can change the bus from Longsheng to Dazhai Jinkeng Terraces. The price is 15 Yuan and the duration is around one hours.
Longji Ancient Zhuang Village Terraced Fields
It is an old Zhuang minority village. Their costumes are vigorous and brilliant. The stone bridges are their most special feature. Among the 20 kilometers of terraces, there are around 300 stone bridges, of which 57 are in Longji Village. On the bridges, lotuses, swords and eight trigrams were carved. The most typical one is the "Three Fish Share One Head" which was carved on the Wind and Rain Bridge in front of the village administrative office.
Note: There are several attractions in Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. Most of them are man-made. If you are not interested in them, you can just walk along the narrow paths and trace the history of the village.
Huangluo Yao Village
It is called the "World's First Long Hair Village" due to the long hair of all the women. Of over 60 women in total, all have hair that's over one meter in length. The longest is 2.1 meters. It is said that this village holds the Guinness World Record for the group of longest hair.
You can tell a woman's marriage status from her hair. An unmarried woman should pack all of her hair in a cloth. You are not able to see her hair A married woman will also pack her hair, but will leave a bun outside.
You can also hear the folk songs and enjoy the Yao people's traditional performances.
The main highlights in the village are the women's long hair and the village itself; however, it is very touristy. If you are looking to see more than just the long hair, skip it.
The accommodation is mainly assembled in Ping'an Village and Dazhai Village. It is quite basic. Most of the hotels are local stilted buildings, with a hot water supply. Some of the rooms have washrooms, some don't. You can experience the local life if you stay there.
If you have heavy luggage, you can have it stored at the entrance of the scenic area. The price is 30 Yuan per piece. If you want to take it along with you, some local people would enthusiastically help you to climb with it to the mountain top and will guide you there. Your tour guide will help you negotiate the price with them in advance. From Dazhai Village to Tiantouzhai Village is about 30 Yuan per basket, to the highest peak - "Xishan Shaoyue 西山韶月" is 40 yuan per basket.
Ask for permission first before taking photos of the locals.
As these fields are built into the hillsides, the best and also the only way to view these fields is by walking to the mountain top. A scenery-viewing platform is often built at the mountain top to take in the great view. There are a considerable number of sideways and narrow roads, which may easily make you get lost, so a tour guide is necessary to help you find the right way, especially when you choose to hike for a long distance. See Longji Terraced Fields hiking guide.
80 Yuan per person includes the entrance fees to Ping'an and Dazhai Jinkeng scenic areas. The ticket is valid for two days. Children over 1.4 meters require the full price, but it is free for those under 1.4 meters in height. The tickets have been made in the style of postcards which you can keep or send to your friends. Going to Huangluo Yao Village (Hongyao Long Hair Village) requires an extra 60 Yuan per person.
Photography of Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces are great scenery for photography. You can check out our elaborate Photography Tips and Locations in Guilin to design your photography tour to Guilin including the rice terraces.
Note: The road from Guilin to Longsheng is under construction and traffic jams may happen at times. An early departure is recommended for day trips to Longji terraced fields to ensure that you can return the same day.
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Questions and Answers About Longji Terraced Fields
Hi Mandylee, it is CNY452(USD74) per person. Lunch is included. When would you like to take it, please?Whitney Liao replied on 2013-06-26
I updated this article on February 19, 2014
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