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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We were there in early June, so didn't see the fantastic colours. But the trip to this place was well worth it. Walking among the shops going upwards was a chore for the old.

Some of them hired human porters...forgot how much they had to pay.

We bought some dried red chilis...wonderful. Wish we bought more!

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Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

We went there just before Christmas, when there is no rice. In addition, it was kind of foggy-cloudy, so we were not able to see at a very long distance..
Even in these conditions the tour was totally worth it! I cannot imagine how amazing is that with good weather and grown rice.

Just one thing, if it is suggested to you to pay to see any kind of show in the so called "Long Hair village", I wouldn't take it. It is just to take some extra money from you.

4  Thank MontanNito
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We were very lucky to see the terraces on two clear days in December. Apparently it's very unlikely there will be a clear day at this time of year, so to have two in a row makes us fortunate indeed. We stayed at Ping'An, and I would have liked to see Dhazai village for a comparison. There are a couple of small shops selling basics like bottled water and other drinks. We joined a Chinese tour group from Guilin for the trip to Ping'An - cost 135Y each. On the return trip, we took a local bus and the ticket lady switched us to another bus at about halfway. Total cost of the return trip was 30Y each. The second bus of the trip was packed and my wife had to sit on a little plastic stool in the aisle with around 13 other people. But that was ok and certainly an experience!
If you stay overnight in Ping'An, you can get an early start on your hike and this will mean you miss the big busses full of Chinese tourists who come up on day trips from Guilin.

1  Thank BIGJED75
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

From Guilin, it takes over 2 hours drive to get to Longsheng Terrace Fields. When we arrived at the entrance to this area, we found out that if you had traveled by one of the big tour buses you must transfer to a smaller shuttle bus to get you closer to the actual start of the trail-head to the terraced fields. The road leading up the mountain to the trail-head are too narrow and with sharp curves that are too small for the big buses. Fortunately, we had a private driver/guide in a mini-van who took us all the way to the trail-head entrance without the need for the shuttle buses.

When you start up the trail, you get a few glimpse of the terraced rice fields for which this area is famous for. The further along you go up the mountain, the scenery gets even more fantastic on some of the hill-tops. There are some absolutely stunning views from the upper regions of the trail that cannot be described in words. Yes, I was impressed by this area because it is like nothing else that I have visited before in my travels. Also, the minority villages that are along the trail are very interesting because these people (minority) are very different than any others in China - minority people have many traditions and customs that are quite unique.

After conquering the trail to the top, we decided to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in this area - our guide fortunately knows the better ones. The food we had were all grown fresh on the mountain and was simply delicious and looks great to eat (see photo). The specialty of area - bamboo steamed rice (seen in photo) was excellent.

For first time visitors to Guilin like myself, the long drive to the Longsheng Terraced Rice Fields is absolutely worth the trip.

4  Thank AZCasualTraveler
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Nice scenery, definitely worth the 1 hour trip from Guilin. The village is growing rapidly and the place is packed with little shops. My visit was in November which was nice, tourist wise... in the summer around main hollidays the place will be packed with tourists, avoid that and you will be fine.

1  Thank Chieliemielie
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