Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Longsheng County

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Climb hill slopes of terraced fields at Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, where the glitter of the sun on countless rice paddies resembles the scales of a giant dragon. Following a 30-minute hike to the 2,886 m (880 ft) peak, you'll have panoramic views of a monumental agricultural engineering effort dating back to the Yuan dynasty. Often extending from the river at the foot of the hill to heights of 300-1,100 m (984-3,608 ft), this ingenious method of irrigation covers about 66 sq km (25.5 sq mi). A number of villages along the way offer modern service facilities, including family inns. Arrange to stay in one of these to immerse yourself in the Yao and Zhuang peoples' lifestyle. To visit Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and get the most from your holiday in Longsheng County, create itinerary details personal to you using our Longsheng County trip itinerary website .
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  • My visit was in late June - a very rainy season which had a substantial negative impact on the enjoyment and level of participation available. The day of the visit, the weather was rainy. In fact, all...  more »
  • My husband and I visited in July (one of the hottest months) being young and adventurous, initially we were going to hike up and down, but after stepping out in the blazing heat, we opted to only hike...  more »
  • In 2017, the 2 weeks after Golden Week (~oct 8-22) were probably the best time to see the golden rows of rice terraces. It's not crowded, the weather is great, and the fields are at their peak golden ...  more »

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Where to stay in Longsheng County

Visitors who wish to spend the night in Longsheng County opt to stay in either Longsheng town or in the nearby Longji terraces area. Longsheng has a collection of small hotels and guesthouses, as well as good roads to the main attractions and nearby urban areas. The villages among the terraces to the south have welcoming hostels and guesthouses, as well as a few small hotels, some requiring a hike to reach them. However, most visitors arrive on day trips to Longsheng County from nearby cities, such as Guilin.
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