Longji Terraced Field is located about 100km northeast of the downtown Guilin,about 2 hours’ drive from Guilin.Longji terraced fields is a fascinating scenic spot for tourist. Being one of the 12 top classic scenic spots in Guangxi Province, the fields has a history of 600 years, which were first constructed in Yuan dynasty and completed in early Qing dynasty.
snow dragons are said to make the terraces their home. The fields have combined magnificence and elegance, and form some of the finest scenery in China.The smaller ones are like snails and the bigger ones like towers. There are layers upon layers of terraces, high and low. The outline is very smooth, its scale enormous. Also known as “The champion of the terrace world”, these are the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. By the way, Longsheng is also the gathering land for minorities like the Yao, Dong, Zhuang and Miao. The stockaded villages’ backs face the hills and their fronts face the river. The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces are 27 kilometers from Longsheng town, and 80 kilometers from Guilin city. The total area of this scenic spot is 66 square kilometers. The altitudes of the terraces vary between 300 and 1100 meters with sloping grades between 26 and 35 degrees. The steepest slope is 50 degrees. Although there are terraces everywhere in the mountainous areas of southern China, it is extremely rare to see a terrace as big as the dragon ridge terrace. Long Ji Mountain (the Dragon’s Backbone Mountain) is a high mountain and its peak, Mao Er peak, is the highest in southeastern China.And the different minorities like Zhuang and Yao people are still making a living from growing crops there.The shinning terraces lace the mountain slopes like silver ribbons in spring. And summer breezes ripple the surface of the paddies in great waves. In fall layers of yellow crops make golden pagodas, and in winter hosts white
The total area of the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces is 1014 hectares, and the whole terrace is built on the hillside with its attitude ranging from 300 to 1100 meters. Layers of terraces swirl and climb up from the river valley to the tops of the cloud-shrouded hills. Everywhere there is mud, there are cultivated terraces.
The core of the terraces is a vast land with area of two or three square kilometers. The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces were built from the Yuan Dynasty to the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. They have already seen more than 650 years of history. The four seasons in the terraces have different features. Each season presents us with a different a miracle. It is funny that in this huge terraced world, the biggest block is not more than one Mu (Chinese acre. One Mu equals to 670 square meters.).
Zhuang and Yao people live in the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces scenic spot, although mainly the Zhuang. Their clothing is unique. Here you can get the genuine feeling of Zhuang life. You can enjoy some dancing arts including pole dancing and lion dancing from the Zhuang, and reed pipe dancing from the Yao. Also, you may come across the local women combing their long hair in their traditional style. Aside from all of this, you can also enjoy the simple living rooms in the zhuang villages, pure Longji (dragon’s backbone) tea and Longji wine.