Guilin Travel Guide
Longsheng is a county of Guangxi, China. It is under the administration of Guilin city.
Longsheng Rice Terrace
The Longsheng Rice Terraces are located in Longsheng County, about 100 km (2 hours drive) from Guilin. The most popular are Ping An Rice Terrace and Jinkeng Rice Terrace.
The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, the highest part being 880 m in elevation while the lowest part is 380 m. The coiling line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of golden rice in fall, and layers of silvery frost in winter. At its beginning of Yuan Dynasty, the terraced fields were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago.
Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. In a early morning when weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.
The best time for a good photo is in early June, when the paddies are pumping with water,[clarification needed] the villages are transferring young rice plants from the seed bed to large areas of rice terrace.Recommended China Tours including trips to Longsheng in Guilin: