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Longsheng rice terraces

Longsheng rice terraces

Admire the colorful curves of the Longji rice terraces as they spiral up and down the mountains. Longsheng County lies in the north-east of Guangxi Province around 100 kilometers north of Guilin. The area’s main industry is rice growing, and the region surrounding Longsheng Town is given over to paddyfields and terraces. The Longji terraces were built and maintained from the 13th century through to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by the people of the Zhuang ethnic minority.

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Admire the colorful curves of the Lonji rice terraces as they spiral up and down the mountains.

Longsheng County lies in the north-east of Guangxi Province around 100 kilometers north of Guilin. The area’s main industry is rice growing, and the region surrounding Longsheng Town is given over to paddyfields and terraces. Longsheng was the first county to be established in south China, and rice growing dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). The Longji terraces were built and maintained from the 13th century through to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by the people of the Zhuang ethnic minority. Longji means ‘dragon’s backbone’, and refers to the spine-like layout of the paddyfields.

The Longji terraces cover 60 square kilometers, and range in altitude from 380 to 885 meters above sea level. The long water-logged fields run up and down the hillsides like curling ribbons, and are farmed using traditional ox-pulled ploughs. The pools reflect the sun, sky, and surrounding greenery, making for some truly impressive multi-colored patterns. No trip to Guilin is complete without seeing them.

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Longji village

Longji village

Stand at the spot where a Tang Dynasty general tested his sword, and witness natural pavilions and cloisters made from rock formations. Fubo Hill overlooks the Li River from the western bank around two kilometers from Elephant Trunk Hill. The 213-meter peak stands alone, and is decorated with a series of cloisters, gardens and pavilions. At water level, it hides caves and statue-filled grottoes, making it one of the most interesting and mysterious attractions on the Li riverbank.

Yao hair show

Yao hair show

Watch the women of the Yao minority as they wash their long hair in the river – a unique ritual that dates back to ancient times. These women earned a place in the Guinness World Record book for the length of their hair, and their method of washing it is just as interesting and impressive.