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  • Address: Longsheng, Guilin, China
  • Admission: CNY 50

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Longji Rice Terraces Tours

For the farmers who reside in Southern China’s Longji region, rice terraces are simply a way of life. Yet for the thousands of annual visitors who make the 2-hour journey from the city of Guilin, the Longji Rice Terraces—nicknamed the Dragon’s Backbone—are an iconic symbol of Chinese agriculture and one of the most photographed sites in the country. 

The Basics
Here in Longji, in Longsheng county, layer upon layer of cultivated terraces stretch skyward on steep slopes—at some points they slope at over 50° angles. Despite the dramatic grades of the mountainside, however, traditional Chinese rice farmers have managed to sculpt the hillside into orderly terraces that annually yield massive harvests of rice. 

When visiting the Longji Rice Terraces, you can walk among rural and traditional villages that still house ethnic minority people such as the Yao and Zhuang people. Most travelers visit as part of a guided day trip from Guilin; these self-guided, small-group, or private tours often include a visit to a Zhuang or Yao village, where women still grow very long hair in a traditional style.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Longji Rice Terraces are a must-see for photographers and those looking for a rural escape.
  • Day trips to the rice terraces from Guilin last upwards of eight hours, and often include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Guilin hotel.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

How to Get There
Due to their considerable distance from Guilin (59 miles/95 kilometers), the easiest and most convenient way to visit the terraces in and around Longsheng is to book a guided tour. 

When to Get There
Though there really isn’t a bad season to visit the Dragon’s Backbone. The early summer months of May and June are popular for photographers, as this is when the terraces are irrigated and cast a mirrored effect that crawls up the walls of the valleys. 

Which Terraces to Visit
The Longji region is home to several picturesque rice paddies, the most famous of which are the terraced fields of Ping’an Village. Less touristed and perhaps more visually impressive are the fields at Jinkeng near Dazhai Village. 

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Longji Rice Terraces and Pingan Zhuang Village Day Tour

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This small group tour provides you a trouble-free tour to visit the magnificent scenery of terrace fields at Longji and explore the local minority villages and ...  Read more

Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages, Guilin, Day Trips
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Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages

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This 8-hour bus tour covers one of the highlights of Guilin, the famous Longji rice terraces. Discover the unique cultures and traditions of Guilin's tribal ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch, Guilin, Bus & Minivan Tours
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One Day Private Longshen Rice Terraces Tour Including Lunch

This tour will appeal to those who want to experience village life and ethnic minority culture. You will get to know the traditional lifestyle of Yao and ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Day Tour Of JinKeng Rice Terraces With Dazhai And Yao Minority Villages And Sanjie Liu Tea ... 
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Private Day Tour Of JinKeng Rice Terraces With Dazhai And Yao Minority Villages And Sanjie Liu Tea Plantation, Including Lunch

Book this private day tour to travel through the countryside to Dazhai Village and take a scenic cable car ride to Tiantouzhai Village. See spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.39
Guilin Longji Rice Terraces and Ethnic Minority Village Day Tour, Guilin, Private Day Trips
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Guilin Longji Rice Terraces and Ethnic Minority Village Day Tour

Enjoy one day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the amazing Longji Rice Terraces and the local village to get in touch with ethnic ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Private Tour of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng, Guilin, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Tour of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng

This private one day tour will introduce you to view the splendid natural scenes of Dragon Backbone’s Rice Terraces (Longji Rice Terraces) – the most amazing ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mini Group Day Tour: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour, Guilin, Day Trips
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Mini Group Day Tour: Longji Rice Terraced Fields and Minority Villages Tour

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During this 1-day tour, your local professional guide from Guilin will accompany you as you hike to the Longji Rice Terraced Fields and visit two completely ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $115.00
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Guilin Private Tour: Longji Rice Terraces Day Tour in Longsheng

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The enticing Longji Rice Terraces (Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces) in Longsheng have seasonal variations in appearance. It is the most amazing terrace in ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Private Day Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Long Hair Village, Guilin, Plantation Tours
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Private Day Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Long Hair Village

Immerse in one of China's most startling agricultural landscapes and discover the world of Chinese minorities on this 9-hour private trip to the Longji Rice ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: Flexible

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Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces, Guilin, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Longsheng Culture and Longji Rice Terraces

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Take a private day trip from Guilin to Longsheng to discover China’s rich minority culture. Interact with the Zhuang and Yao people in Longsheng and learn ...  Read more

Location: Guilin, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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