What are the Longji Rice Terraces?
Longji Rice Terraces were originally built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368), formed in the Ming Dynasty (1638 – 1644) and completely in early Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). Zhuang, Red Yao and Huangluoyao People have settled here for hundreds of years. Unconsciously, they create the stunning views for tourists as at the very beginning, the ancestors just meant to solve the basic life need through planting rice in the terraces.
Longji Rice Terraces Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Longji Titian (龙脊梯田)
- Area: 70.1 square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Hiking, Adventure, Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, Nature Lovers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Culture Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 days
What to expect at the Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces are composed of Longji Zhuang Rice Terraces, Ping’an Zhuang Rice Terraces, and Jinkeng Rice Terraces. Between end March and early April, you’ll be amazed at the golden rape flowers while the rice terraces will be the most beautiful from middle September to early October as the rice there are turning golden from green.
Longji Zhuang Rice Terraces is the least developed. It is home to the Long Zhuang Village, the only village in the area. The village has the most old Zhuang houses compared to those in the other two rice terraces. Also, it is the least touristy one. Consequently, the traditional customs are well-preserved in the terraces. Compared to the other two rice terraces, views here are less amazing.
Ping’an Zhuang Rice Terraces are set between Longji Zhuang Rice Terraces and Jinkeng Rice Terraces. Viewpoint of Nine Dragons and Five Tigers offers the panoramic views of the terraces. There is only one Zhuang village, Ping’an Zhuang Village in the area. It is the largest village in Longji Rice Terraces. At the Viewpoint of Seven Stars with the Moon presents the views of seven smaller hilltops with terraces and one bigger hilltop. Ping’an Zhuang Village is the most developed compared to other villages in Longji Rice Terraces. If you’d like to experience the local life, you can just stay overnight there.
Jinkeng Rice Terraces features the most gorgeous views. It is home of Red Yao people. There are around 7 villages in the area. If you don’t want to explore the terraces via foot, you can take a cable car from Dazhai Villager CarPark to the Viewpoint of Golden Buddha Peak to appreciate the views. Viewpoint of Music from Paradise is well-known for the stunning sunrise. If interested, it is recommended that you stay overnight at Tiantouzhai which is around 30 minutes walk from the viewpoint.
All the villages in Longji Rice Terraces have local restaurants offering the local traditional cooked bamboo chicken and bamboo rice. Vegetables there are also delicious.
If you’d like to visit them for photography purposes, the best time is at sunset and sunrise.
The best months to visit are from March to October.
- Opening hours:
- As at 15th November 2019, the entrance pricing to the terraces (excluding the shuttle bus in the area) is 80 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 40 CNY per person.
- As at 15th November 2019, the entrance ticket for the one-way shuttle bus in the Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area is 20 CNY per person; the entrance ticket for the round-trip shuttle bus in the Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area is 40 CNY per person.
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- Please wear comfortable hiking shoes.
- Please take enough clothes with you if you are planning to visit in winter as it is colder than Guilin.
- Please take an umbrella with you in case it is rainy there.