Longsheng Travel Guide

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Summary

Fantastic natural scenery with spiraling rice terraced fields that were built about 700 years ago, and ethnic villages with unique buildings, costumes and customs.

Introduction

Longsheng County belongs to the administration of Guilin City. It is famous for its beautiful rice terraced fields and ethnic villages in mountainous areas. The well-known Longji (literally meaning "Dragon's Backbone") Rice Terraced Fields were built through many generations’ hard work ever since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The fields built along the mountains slopes wind from the riverside up to the mountain top, with the highest place of an elevation of 885 meters (968 yards) and the lowest 380 meters (416 yards).

Longsheng Hot Spring attracts many tourists who look for relaxation. The hot springs there contain numerous mineral elements that are good for the body and skin. The nearby Huaping National Natural Reserve is rich in oddly shaped hills, dense forests, limpid streams, springs and waterfalls, as well as rare fauna and flora.

Besides the wondrous natural scenery, Longsheng County is also famous for its splendid ethnic customs and cultures. There are 10 ethnic groups in Longsheng, including Han, Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Dong and some others, all of whom are adept in folk singing and dancing. Each group possesses its own charm and differs from the others in architecture, clothing styles, food habits, festivals and customs. These unique people are found in several famous ethnic villages, including Yinshui Dong Village, Jinzhu Zhuang Village, Baimian Yao Village and Huangluo Yao Village. Huangluo Yao Village is well-known as "the Long Hair Village" because the women villagers there wear hair as long as 4 feet. Often visitors can see them washing their long hair along the riverbanks or take photos with them. They hold a Guinness Record for the length of their hair!

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Also read: The Five Best Places to Visit in the Cool October (including Longji Rice Terraces)

Local Food

Ethnic groups living in South or Southwest China enjoy sour and spicy flavors. They often make pickles and preserved meat. In mountainous areas, where the temperatures are lower and with higher humidity, people like brewing and drinking rice wines. See more introduction about Longsheng food.

Best Time to Visit

Longsheng and Longji Rice Terraced Fields have their seasonal beauties and are suitable for visiting all year round. However the most popular and beautiful periods are said to be May and November. May is the time when irrigation starts, and the fields are filled with water and thus reflect the image of the sky. November is when the harvest begins, and the view of rolling blades of gold is breathtaking. The view is also great in winter with snow.

Location

Longsheng County lies in North Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It belongs to Guilin City, and nearby counties are Ziyuan (with Bajiao Zhai Danxia Geography Park), Xing’an (with Ling Canal and Merryland Theme Park), and Sanjiang (with Ethnic Dong Villages and Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge). Though the roads are mostly bumpy and winding, transportation to Longsheng and to its nearby counties is convenient. See more about Longsheng transportation.

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Weather

Longsheng located in the subtropical region, is a monsoon climate with abundant rainfall and a pleasant climate, the average temperature for the year is 19.3 centigrade with a July average temperature of 28.3 degrees. The average rainfall for the year is 192.6 cm per month. The average frost-free period is 314 days and yearly rainfall is 1500 -2400 mm, it is cold in winter and not too hot in summer The best time to visit this area is between April and October. During this time, the area is at its most green.

Longsheng is 88 km away from Guilin, and its weather is almost the same as in Guilin. But it is a mountainous area in the north of Guilin, so the temperature is relatively lower than that of Guilin city.

Possible Power Failure in Storms

Heavy rain possibly brings a power failure to your staying in Longsheng. Some hotels have power generation, but the power is really limited: During a power failure period, some hotels only can ensure the power supply for the hall, let along lightening every room and heating the bath water; and some hotels can ensure the power supply for the whole building, but only can supply tepid bath water for the short of power.

Questions and Answers About Longsheng Travel Guide

Yaniv Boxer 2013-01-09
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Hi,I''m going to arrive to Guilin at 18.2.13Isn''t to cold to visit the rice terrace?

Hi Yaniv, it is still very cold in Feb. The temperature is 8°C-13°C. The scenery is not in its best. But if it snows, then it will be amazing.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-10
ALFONSO 2012-07-19
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Helloo... Im visiting Guilin sourrondings, also Longsheng Terraces. THen We would love to go from there to Zhangiajie, I read somewhere that best way is to go through Sanjiang and taking the train which comes from Liuzhou to Zhangjiajie but We are not sure whether the train stopps in Sanjiang or not... and how could we go from Longsheng to Sanjiang... (which transport) We would depart from rice terraces Wednesday 14 of August in the morning. Thanks a lot for your help

Hi Alfonso,

  1. you can go to Longsheng Bus Station to take the bus to Sanjiang. It departs from 06:30 to 13:10, available almost every 1 hour. The distance is about 70km, takes 1 hour.
  2. The train form Liuzhou to Zhangjiajie departs at 20:51, it will stop at Sanjiang. Then depart from Sanjiang at 00:20, arrives in Liuzhou at 08:30, the next day.

If you need any tour package or hotel booking from Guilin to Zhangjiajie, please feel free to contact me.

Regards, Whitney

whitney@chinahighlights.net

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-07-20
shendell 2012-01-12
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If I am staying in Guilin, is it possible to do the ping an rice terraced fields and the Hot spring national park in 1 day?
It is too hectic to visit both ping an rice terraced fields and the Hot spring national park. I suggest that you can visit the ping an rice terraced field but stay in a hotel at Hot spring national park and spend next day at the park. Leon Long replied on 2012-01-14
Tan Toh Ket 2010-12-29
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Hi, 8 of us are going to visit Guilin/Yangshuo/longheng for 6 days trip. We have made our own flight arrangement. Reach Guilin airport 10.30am on 3rd April'10 and leave Guilin airport on 8th April 11.00am. Please propose your itinerary and package cost to me. Thank you. Richard
Hi Tan Toh Ket Our travel advisor is contacting with you. Thanks for your support. Nero Hou replied on 2010-12-30
Sisi 2010-09-12
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Haw about the Guilin ?
Hello Sisi, Guilin locates in the Southwest of China, it is a famous tourism city well known by it natural beauty. The best time to visit Guilin is between June to October. Lee Li replied on 2010-09-13
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