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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

80 kilometers from Guilin, Longsheng County 541701, China
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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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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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Maryland
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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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Wuxi, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I visited the Dragon's Backbone rice terraces in the middle of summer and couldn't have enjoyed them more. Once you leave the bus car park you are taken back in time to a place where machines and vehicles are foregone in preference for quiet physical work.The lush greenery is everywhere and the skies are azure blue. I stayed in a... More

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Florianopolis, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We chose the DIY trip and could save at least 50 RMB each comparing to the tours sold by agencies. It might be a good choice if you are on a budget. Also, it is not that difficult as it seems, only a bit confusing, but if you have all the Chinese location names written down in a piece of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I think these rice terraces are worth checking out if you make it to Guilin. They are quite unique in how they're configured in that the mountains they rest on are quite steeper than typical rice terraces. I would recommend doing the DIY tour and just cruising around each of the scenic spots.

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