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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

80 kilometers from Guilin, Longsheng County 541701, China
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Lookouts
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Nuremberg, Germany
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Great place. Lovely atmosphere and at least in Dazhai it didn't felt with the masses of tourism or development as in other areas in China, so it was a very pleasant experience. Walking is required in order to enjoy the place, we were based on Dazhai and didn't do the hike to Pingyao since it didn't look better than the... More

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Oakville, Canada
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31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Most spectacular easy hike...ask for directions or even better still, help the people and hire someone to take you to awestruck views. If you are into photography, ask to go up for sunrise!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The good thing about this place is also part of the bad. The good thing: not as many tourists as the "Thousand Miao Villages of Xijiang", which is basically like a Miao Disneyland minus the rides. Most of the cultural appeal has been replaced in favour of lots of shops selling indigenous handicrafts (which may or may not have been... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Worth the walk, which is not far. There is a shelter to avoid sun or rain. The mist comes gradually up from the valley after a rain making for a special scene.

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Tangerang, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at Dazhai village as recommended. It was high climb to the hostel but it's all worth it. We spent 3 nights giving us enough time to explore the place from the three view scenic spots. The village people are very helpful and friendly to visitors even with the language barriers. As I am a novice photographer, It was... More

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Corner Brook, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We took a day trip to Longshen from Guilin & it was one of our favorite days in China. The drive to Longshen is interesting. You drive through rural farming areas & minority villages. The walk from the base, through the village to the top of the rice fields is amazing. The views, the structures, the people. Be sure to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Truly beautiful. Stunning rice terraces, with different views at different times of the year. We visited in the summer when they were quite green, but I've seen friends' photos from spring when the fields were just being flooded, and seen beautiful images of the rice terraces in winter and autumn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

There are several tourist spots in the terraces, supported by the Chinese government. Our tour guide helped us select a village that was accessible by large golf cart rather than climbing 600 ( no exaggeration) steps to reach the village. We still descended through the village by way of uneven stairs to reach the village restaurant and hotel. We had... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My friends and I decided to check the place up and even stay for a night. It was simple. It was beautiful. We did slow hike up the rice terrace early in the morning and the atmosphere was great almost mystical. Probably the hill would look even more beautiful during harvest or autumn? But we enjoyed the view, the friendly... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The Longji Rice Terraces (or Dragon's Backbone, which I prefer) date back to the Yuan Dynasty in 1271 and descendants of the original Zhuang farming families still work the same terraces today. However, tourism is now clearly a major industry in the village and there's plenty of tat on offer during the long walk up the hills. We travelled as... More

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