Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
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28victoriae
Copenhagen, Denmark13 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Longji Rice Terraces are today the unbelievably sad remains of a once incredibly beautiful place entirely destroyed (with no traces of authenticity or natural peace or beauty left) by a tourist city built with the sole purpose of enhancing a mass tourism that is completely out of proportions with what can actually be experienced. What defines the atmosphere in the area are the countlesstourist souvenir shops, photographers harassing you aiming at selling photos of what the place once was, tourists in fake look-like-tribal-person-clothes, a "local show" that proves to be the worst fake theatre history has seen (and costs a completely out-of-proportions amount of money)- there is NOTHING authentic or tribe-like about the show - it is just a fake money-making-machine with bad actors. The terraces are still beautiful but the horrible cable car and mass tourism as well as the commercial atmosphere makes it hard to enjoy.

If you want to "cross it off your list" go - if you want to see beautiful rice teracces and enjoy the peace of nature go somewhere else.
Written 26 November 2023
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André K
Hefei, China285 contributions
Oct 2020
This is an amzing site to see. We went when the colour of the rice was changing from green to yellow , absolutely beautiful . There is a cable car to go up the hill but the climb is not to serious . If you are pressed for time take the cable car up and down otherwise enjoy the views and walk through the rice terraces.
Written 9 October 2020
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bertrand c
Guyancourt, France148 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Amazing for 2 reasons for me 1) beautiful landscapes 2) what a human work done every year even today for these rice 🌾 terraces ! 👍!
Written 1 October 2020
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy114 contributions
Aug 2020
Although I live far away from Guangxi province as soon as I have the opportunity I will go back to Longji rice terraces again. It's truly beautiful and I would like to be there in October when their color turns into yellow. I have read other tripadvisor users' feedback. I have nothing more to say. They have already stressed how beautiful this place is and what kind of path it is necessary to follow...basically the one that leads from one sightseeing platform to the other.
I feel the need instead to give you some useful information in order to make the most of your visit especially if you are Guilin based. Longji terraces are rather far from the city of Guilin and there is no direct bus to Longji. Aware of this I decided to wake up at around seven so to catch one of the earliest buses to Longsheng county. The buses leave from Guilin Qintan Bus station 桂林琴谭客运站. The trip to Longsheng takes more than one hour. Then you have to catch a bus heading for Ping An. The ticket inspector who will be on the bus, will help you catch the bus heading for Ping An with no need of wasting time at Longsheng bus station. After getting on the second bus another sixty minutes is needed but at least you will be dropped off at the entrance of the scenic area. Waking up early is necessary also because once your visit is over you have to return to Guilin. Unfortunately from Ping An to Longsheng there are only three buses...at 1PM, at 3 PM and 5PM. I took the one leaving at 3PM as my concern was to be unable to catch the connecting bus from Longsheng to Guilin. If you want to enjoy 4/5 full hours in Longji it is really suggested leaving Guilin early in the morning. Qintan Bus station is not in the city center. It's in the suburbs of Guilin. It is understood Guilin is not Shanghai but from the city center to the bus station it will take another half an hour at least. The whole round trip from the city center of Guilin to Longji and back takes around 5/6 hours. If I were you, I would spend a night in the nearby village of Huangluo (around 5 kilometers from Longji) so to have plenty of time to visit the rice terraces without feeling any time pressure. This village is an attraction in itself because of the local women who let their hair grow just Rapunzel used to do.
Written 29 August 2020
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Forrest F
Sequim, WA44 contributions
Sept 2019
Hiking, views, photography, local food, learning about different ethnic groups in the area, and seeing how hard they work. Breath taking and enlightening. A definite must if you can hike.
Written 24 August 2020
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Melissa K
Berlin, Germany64 contributions
Jul 2020
Absolutely beautiful! I was a bit worried about all the walking, but the 6 miles passed quickly even in the heat of July and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was breathtaking and is a must-see!
Written 2 August 2020
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PaulaHM
Somerset, UK116 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
This is a truly stunning area: we spent a day here wandering around through the terraces and villages. We were taken there by a driver from our hotel and wandered around in our own. You can get a coffee and / or food in the villages and see people working in the fields. It is really stunning scenery and a must see. Ample opportunity for great photos in different lights. We started off in the Pinang area, dropped off in the car park and wandered around the rice terraces, viewpoint, Pinang village and back to the car park. We then went to Jinkeng by car and found we didn’t have enough time before dark to walk up to the top and the cable car wasn’t running however we got the local tourist bus up to the top. The bus dropped us off and we had a wander around there too. Fantastic views and a little different to the first area. Definitely recommend seeing both areas. Some
Local ladies selling goods; interesting to see them and try to have a little chat with them too. They’re not too pushy and their goods are very reasonably priced and they’re trying to make a living. They’re happy for photos too.
When our daughter visited last year she walked from one area to the other but you need time to allow this and plan accordingly.
Written 20 May 2020
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,060 contributions
Dec 2019
The Longsheng Longji Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces are a rare well preserved beauty. We were there in December, which was foggy and around 6 degrees. To move up to the terrace, you will need to take an in-house assigned tour bus that will circle around mountains to reach the site. Once you reach the terrace, you will walk past a row of villages with nice eateries selling local dishes (cooked with charcoal). One famous dish is the bamboo rice using traditional cooking method of stuffing rice inside the bamboo. This is followed by a half hour hike along narrow walkways and stairs leading up to the mountain. On the way up, you will walk past minorities and some of them will sell some souvenirs or questionable in authentic century old Qin Dynasty coins.

The view is beautiful. Even though it was foggy on that afternoon, we waited around 20 minutes and the part of the fog was blown away. Part of the reason why the view is so beautiful is because the area is underdeveloped in terms of tourism. Perhaps their location too far up the mountain drive from the town helps. So you don't find many commercial shops and the local Zhuang minority is still holding on to their traditional beliefs (and not so interested in reaping the rewards of tourism). There are of course cons to this lack of development as seen by dirty toilets, narrow walkways and lack of sufficient safety barriers when you are at the top. But for fit individuals who want to experience authentic local culture and unblemished scenery, this is perhaps a must visit before it gets abused by commercial firms in the near future.
Written 18 April 2020
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,577 contributions
Oct 2019
We walked and observed the people working their plots of land among the terraces. Vistas of the various terraces, the hills undulating from 300 to 1100 meters in height. We walked into the Ping An Village and had lunch in a private home that offers people visiting.
Written 8 March 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,634 contributions
Jun 2019
Located at about two hours drive away from Guilin, the rice terraces are one of the major local tourist attractions. Green, terraced hills, stretched for as far as the eyes can see, make for a wonderful, very photogenic view and an experience not to be missed.
Written 15 January 2020
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