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. Make Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces part of your personalized Longsheng County itinerary using our Longsheng County trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We went to see the rice paddies in August ... Green was blinding, stretched as far as the eye between the valleys. The walk was really relaxing, the feeling is of being off each time. Too bad only that these are places were really few and as always the Chinese have become tourist attractions. I think I saw at least 20 Chinese coach full of restless ...
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  • August 15, 2017
    Wonderful experience, morning at 06.00 to the lookout points. Fantastic experience to see the rice terraces in the morning mists. Get up early and enjoy, you can always sleep.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Hiking around Dragons Backbone was one of my favorite trips. The views are incredible and it's easy to wear yourself out just exploring for a couple of days. If you are looking for a quiet, active and...  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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