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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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  • The rice terraces on the sie of this mountain are absolutely stunning and a sight that you will not see anywhere else. We were lucky to arrive just after the rains and got stunning views of the countr...  more »
  • The scale is different from the terraced rice fields of Japan. 1000 m is the difference between the high and low is so, spectacular views. I think it's place in the history of the Chinese nation, imagined many invasions and the rise and fall of the ethnic groups. However, expect quite tough for a hot day. That is great to smoke in a tea house in the hillside.
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  • Fabulous! Such interesting landscape and history. Up close look at the people that work and live there, including the Longi Longhair women. Many different trails and hikes to take, including the Drago...  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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