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Longji Terraces

Located approximately 27 kilometers (about 16 miles) southeast of Longsheng County, 2 hours driving distance from Guilin, Longji Terraces area is a vast region of rice terrace stretches layer upon layer, coiling around from the base of Longji (the dragon's backbone) Mountain to its summit. Known as Dragon's Backbone rice Terraces, Longji terraces look like great ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the hill. Though most districts of the Guangxi region have the terraces, but Longji Rice Terraces is the most amazing terrace in China.

Longji Terrace was firstly built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and completed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by the local Zhuang people. It is the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people. With an area of about 66 square kilometers, Longji Terrace spans an altitude between 300 meters and 1100 meters. As the whole terrace locates in the valley, it really makes good use of every inch ground. It is made up of numerous patches no more than 1 mu (it is a traditional unit of area in China, currently call shimu) (about 0.16 acres).The smaller ones are like snails while the bigger ones resemble of towers. The outline is very smooth with gradients between 26 degrees and 35 degrees.

Every season gives Longji rive terraces with own unique characteristics. In spring, water will be irrigated into the fields and the terraces look like great chains hung on the hillsides. In summer, the green waves rush continuously down the mountainside from the heaven. In autumn, it is time to see the mountains decorated with the gold of ripened millet. In winter, the whole rice terraces will be covered by white snow.

The best time to visit Longji Terraces must be two periods, one is to visit during May and June, when the rice paddies are just groomed for the planting season and are just a pool of mud and water, the other is during September and October, when the rice fields turn golden and the afternoon sun paints the terraces as fields of gold

Longji Terraces Notes

Admission Fee: CNY 80 Per person