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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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  • We went just after the rice harvest so missed the flowing fields of rice. This did not detract from the experience. There is always something to see in each season. The village to village hiking was n...  more »
  • I gasped when the guide told us it was a 1.5 hour walk up the mountain and another 1.5 hour walk back down. But in truth, the sights scents and scenery were altogether enchanting and engaging, the tim...  more »
  • We visited the rice terraces by joining a day tour. The scenery on the drive to the rice terraces was spectacular. Winding up and down the mountain roads was most enjoyable. The climb to the top of th...  more »