Hiking through the Awe-inspiring Longji Rice Terrace in July 2011

It is said of Longji, “Where there is soil, there is a terrace.” The terraced rice paddy field along the slope winds from the riverside up to the mountaintop. Set amongst the villages of the minorities Zhuang and Yao, the area offers great hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. In July, Easy Tour China team has had a wonderful outdoor activity – hiking throung the mountainous terraces. We would have a four- to five-hour trek through the minority villages, and thus make our Longsheng hiking trip to the awe-insiring Longji Rice Terraces.

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking

Guilin Hiking through Longji Rice Terrace - Easy Tour China Team

Day 1: Guilin – Ping’an Village
After 2.5 hours’ drive from Guilin, we arrive at the foot of the mountain where ancient Longji village lies. The forest-clad steep-sloped mountains came into sight; and beautiful contour-map-like terraced rice paddies are full of water as the green crops grow.

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking

beautiful contour-map-like Longji Rice Terraces

In the Zhuang village we passed through, the local live as they did in old times – elderly people sit on the bridge all day watching people pass by …

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking, China Travel

In a Longji Zhuang village, elderly people sat on an old bridge…

After nearly an hour’s hiking, we met a small wind and rain bridge on the way.

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking, China Travel

A lovely wind and rain bridge we have met on our hiking way!

At about 6:00 pm, we arrived at the 600-year-old Zhuang village of Ping’an. Different from Longji village, Ping’an village, with its spectacular terrace fields, is more touristed. Moreover, it has many hotels for tourists to rest, with the best facilities (internet, foot massages, even Karaoke!) So, we checked in a hotel for an overnight stop.

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking, China Travel

Spectacular Ping'an terrace fields with its own villages and hamlets

Day 2: Ping’an – Dazhai
At 6:00 am, our long hiking from Ping’an to Dazhai started in the rain. The mists veiled the distant mountains, and rains leave the rice seedling glistening with reflections. A 2.5-hour walks, through the pine and fir woods, up and down on the mountains, along the ridge of the rice fields, led us to a Yao village – Zhongliu village.

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking, China Travel

Our hiking through Longji Rice Terraces in the rain.

And eventually, after another 2-hour trek, we arrived at our destination – Yao village of Dazhai. Wander about in the village to know more about the Yao’s life: living in the wooden farm houses, working in the field, woman with bright clothing and hair styles …

Longji Rice Terrace, Guilin Hiking, China Travel

Dazhai Yao Village for the awe-inspiring Jinkeng Rice Terraces.

Guilin hiking, through the minority villages of Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces area, would be a wouderful experience for your China southwest exploration. Track down the mountain tribes, and feast your eyes on the spectacular panoramas and peaceful rurality en route.

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