Guilin Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Rice Terraces is a contender for the world's most spectacular terrace fields. The hike connecting Ping’an and Dazhai takes you to visit the majestic views of layers of mesmerizing rice terraces and interact with people of the local minority villages.
Our expert guide will take you off the beaten path and explore the hidden views of Longji and share the secrets of the Yao and Zhuang people, their unique wooden houses, agricultural terraces and typical food.
Get away from the touristy hiking route and appreciate beautiful contour-map-like terraced rice paddies.
Spend a night in the traditional Zhuang’s wooden cottage.
Take a guided tour and learn about the unique culture of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic minorities.
In the morning, your private guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to Dazhai Village.
Then hike up for about 1 hour from Dazhai to stay a night at Tiantou Zhai, which is a more authentic village than Dazhai and Ping'an.
Afterwards, hike to a viewpoint called 'Large-Scale Thousand-Layer Terraces’, from where you enjoy the hypnotic views of the larger-scale rice terraces. And then go to another viewpoint ('Golden Buddha Peak’) to appreciate the panorama of the rice terraces and the amazing sunset if weather permits.
Get back to the wooden cottage at Tiantou Zhai and enjoy a tranquil and peaceful night. (B, L)
Get up early and go to the highest point to appreciate the enchanting sunrise on the terraces (if weather permits). The mists float above the terraces and veil the distance mountains before the sunshine penetrates through. Then walk around the village to see people going about their daily life.
After breakfast, embark on your hike to Ping'an Village, which requires 3 to 4 hours. A narrow stone-paved trail leads you up the hillside and through pine forest, then to balance our weight on the edges of the terraced paddies.
On the way, stop by Zhongliu Village which is a unspoiled village populated by the Yao people. See the time-honored wooden houses and chat with local villagers dressed in their costume.
Before arriving at Ping'an, visit two famous viewpoints: Seven Stars Accompany the Moon and Nine Dragons and Five Tigers which provide you with the best scenery of the village.
Taste the most famous food in Longji - bamboo rice, and then transfer back to Guilin.
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