Longsheng Rice Terraces

Longsheng Rice Terraces

Carved into the mountainsides that tower above the Heping River, the Longsheng rice terraces swoop and whirl their way along the hills forming intricate patterns as they go. They are also known by the alternative and perhaps more appropriate moniker ‘Longji’, meaning ‘dragon’s spine’ because of the way the terraces curve and shimmer, resembling the backbone and scales of a dragon. The terraces were constructed about 650 years ago, an ingenious agricultural solution that has been in use ever since.

The terraces are incredible sight no matter the season – in the spring they are full of water, reflecting the moods of the sky, in the summer a lush green with rice shoots, in autumn golden thanks to the ripe crops and in winter covered in snow and ice. The surrounding area is home to a number of ethnic minority groups, mainly the Zhuang and Yao people. If you decide to hike through this incredible landscape you may come across them in their unique and colourful costume. A walk through the Zhuang village of Ping An is a particularly fantastic walk – close by is a ridge from which you can enjoy a panorama of the whole valley.

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holiday duration 17 Days from
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Spend more time hiking on the Great Wall and through the beautiful Rice Terraces of Longji on this active tour of China. Soak up the simple rural beauty of Yangshuo, the history of Xian, the majesty of Beijing and the fast pace of dazzling Shanghai.

holiday duration 21 Days from
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Take a journey like no other. This is your chance to see the classical sights, and also explore a different side of this beautiful country - be it from the back of a bicycle; on a hike through serene countryside, or a walk through buzzing city streets.

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Combine a relaxing cruise on the stunning Li River to the picturesque town of Yangshuo with a visit to the Longji Rice Terraces.

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Facts About The Longsheng Rice Terraces

It is in June that new water is pumped into the terraces and the young rice shoots are planted.

The women of the Yao minority group never cut their hair, instead piling it on top of their heads like a turban.

The terraces cover an area of 40 square miles.

Although started during the Yuan dynasty, most of the construction was done during the Ming dynasty.

In March bright yellow rapeseed blossom amongst the terraces in a beautiful display.

The most popular sections of terraced fields are Ping’an Zhuang village fields and Jinkeng Red Yao fields.

Look out for areas with wonderful names such as ‘Seven Star Surrounding the Moon’, ‘Nine Dragons and Five Tigers’ and ‘Two Dragons Frolicking with a Pearl’

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