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Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Longji Rice Terraces

Longsheng, Guilin

The Basics

Here in Longji, in Longsheng county, layer upon layer of cultivated terraces stretch skyward on steep slopes—at some points they slope at over 50° angles. Despite the dramatic grades of the mountainside, however, traditional Chinese rice farmers have managed to sculpt the hillside into orderly terraces that annually yield massive harvests of rice.

When visiting the Longji Rice Terraces, you can walk among rural and traditional villages that still house ethnic minority people such as the Yao and Zhuang people. Most travelers visit as part of a guided day trip from Guilin; these self-guided, small-group, or private tours often include a visit to a Zhuang or Yao village, where women still grow very long hair in a traditional style.

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Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces
Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces
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$182.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Interesting Experience
Getting to the place requires some logistics, and having our guide take care of all of them, is a clear benefit, In addition, there are some explanations about rice growing and about the place. Unfortunately, we were not able to communicate with the local ethnic group. Our guide, was very open to share stories and answer questions about his life and the life of his friends and family, so we could get an insight to life in this region.
shaif1966, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Guilin

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Great experience!
Lukas_S, Jan 2021
Private day tour: Longji rice terraces & Minority Villages Tour
We had a very nice trip to the Longji rice terraces. Our guide Jackie picked us up punctually at our hotel lobby, and was telling us a lot about the region and life in China. At the destination, we did a little hike together and got to learn more about the history of the rice fields. Jackie was also very flexible in terms of what we wanted to see or dont see. 5/5 would book again!
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Rice terraces are miraculous
Oleksandr G, Nov 2019
One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch
Great experience. Rice terraces are must see. Lunch was delicious. Car is clean, spacious and modern. The guide is kind, polite and nice. His English can be better.
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Golden color terraces
honglimt, Oct 2019
Longji Rice Terraces with the Dazhai Cable Car Private Day Tour
Andy was the right guide for us. From Yangshuo the drive was long but he was alert and attentive driving us safely to destination and back. The terraces was beautiful during this season and we had a great meal at a very scenic restaurant recommended by Andy.
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Fantastic and Artful Earthworks
janetpI202DO, Oct 2019
One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch
The 500-year old rice fields are truly a work of beauty. They are also a working farm and means of support for the local farmers. We took this tour from Guilin with Leo as our guide. We visited just prior to the harvest time and so experienced the fields full of golden stocks. Walking through the fields is a must, not just looking from above.
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We had a fantastic day at the Longji Rice Rerraced Fields with our guide Lily.
Dorothea_Matthias, Aug 2019
Mini Group: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour
Our Guide Lily was very friendly and helpful. Her english was excellent and she told us very interesting things about the arey. The landscape was amazing. We had bamboo rice and other meat and vegeables wich was very delicious. We had lots of fun preparing the bamboo rice. Our children 8 and 11 had much fun walking trough this beautiful landscape. We loved wearing the rice hats.
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Longji Rice Terraces
Adventure704900, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces
Our guide, John, was really good. It was a rainy and foggy day, unfortunately, and we didn't have a good view of the terraces. It was still nice to have seen a glimpse of it. Hike up is 45 mins, not too hard. Had a nice local lunch in a village restaurant on the hike down.
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I paid double than others
Fearless576831, Jun 2019
Longji Rice Terraces and Minority Village Day Tour
I booked this trip in advanced, and during the visit there were other people who paid half we paid. I am not happy with this. I have to mentioned the trip was worthy. So I do recommend it, but I sugggest to book in the destionation, in the hotel or other agents instead. Regards,
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You can’t miss it!
Tour10388728303, Jun 2019
Mini Group: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour
Even if the weather does not contribute it’s impossible to not enjoy the journey. The history and fields are amazing! A once and only lifetime experience! Lily our tour guide was exceptional :) very receptive, friendly and told us every single detail about everything! The lunch at the farmers house was awesome and also delicious! I had a excellent time!
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Excellent guide and tour
Gregor C, Oct 2019
One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch
We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was punctual, spoke very good English, did not rush and gave us time to take photos and even made many of us himself. He took care of great lunch and was willing to incorporate additional features in the tour (such as a tea plantation visit). Highly recommended choice.
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The tour guide was very organised...
Nicole P, Apr 2016
Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages
The tour guide was very organised. Called the hotel to say he was stuck in traffic and would be 5 mins late. Would be hard to arrange getting to the rice terraces yourself so well worth the money. We had a delicious lunch and the rice terraces were beautiful. Overall it was a very enjoyable day
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Everything you could expect from a...
Chris B, Sep 2016
Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages
Everything you could expect from a standard tour of the Longji villages. Tour guide spoke good English, made the experience pleasant. The performance by the local villagers was entertaining and interesting, followed by a decent lunch before leaving us to freely explore the rice terraces ourselves. The tour was even kind enough to drop us off back in Guilin, next to the bus station. Very helpful. A good trip all round!
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This tour was a major highlight of...
Christa J, Oct 2016
Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces
This tour was a major highlight of our trip. Absolutely go to the rice terraces. The views are stunning and there is a lot of culture to be seen. Lily iwas our tour guide and she was a wealth of knowledge and spoke great English. Lunch was extremely tasty at a local cafe. Wear good shoes!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Longji Rice Terraces are a must-see for photographers and those looking for a rural escape.

  • Day trips to the rice terraces from Guilin last upwards of eight hours, and often include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Guilin hotel.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

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How to Get There

Due to their considerable distance from Guilin (59 miles/95 kilometers), the easiest and most convenient way to visit the terraces in and around Longsheng is to book a guided tour.

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When to Get There

Though there really isn’t a bad season to visit the Dragon’s Backbone. The early summer months of May and June are popular for photographers, as this is when the terraces are irrigated and cast a mirrored effect that crawls up the walls of the valleys.

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Which Terraces to Visit

The Longji region is home to several picturesque rice paddies, the most famous of which are the terraced fields of Ping’an Village. Less touristed and perhaps more visually impressive are the fields at Jinkeng near Dazhai Village.

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