Longji Rice Terraces is the most amazing terrace in China!Longji Rice Terraces are also called Longsheng Terraced Fields, are located north of Guilin City (located in southern China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region) with a driving time of two hours from the city center Construction of the terraces began in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and continued until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when construction was completed. The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people.
Longji Rice Terraces contain three villages. They are Ping’an Village, Jinkeng Village and Guzhuang Village. Ping’an Village is the one most visited by tour groups while Jinkeng Village is higher up and larger with the availability of cable cars (70 Yuan one way, 120 Yuan round trip).While climbing up to the mountaintop, visitors can experience the rural lifestyle of local villages which are mainly dwelled by Yao and Zhuang minorities. Timber-built rural houses among the terraces are highlights, too.
Longji Rice Terraces is a beautiful natural picture. The linked together rice terraces vary from season to season. In spring, the water is irrigated into the fields and the terraces look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides. When the onset of summer, green waves rush continuously down the mountainside from the heaven. The theme of autumn is the harvest, with the mountainside decorated with the gold of ripened millet. Coming into winter, the whole mountain will be covered with white snow, just like dragons playing with water.
As well as its amazing scenery, Longji is also the area to visit to experience China’s ethnic minorities’ culture. The Zhuang and the Yao nationalities live here, though mainly it is the Zhuang people. The women dress in unique and colorful costumes, singing and dancing. Guests also can join in with them to enjoy the original Zhuang life and culture, and even stay with local families enjoying both the Longji tea and the Longji wine.
Best Visiting Time
Go at the right time as it is the plants on the rice paddies that make the terraces more beautiful. The good news is that in every season the area has its unique charm. In one day dusk and dawn are the best moments to capture the beautiful view.
Yao women washing their longest hair in the world
Minority culture is another big highlight besides the spectacular terraces and unique traditional houses in Longji Terraced Fields. The area is inhabited by Yao and Zhuang Minority nationalities.
Yao women are famous because of their unique clothing and hair style. They are famous for having longest hair in the world as they never cut their hair. Most of the time visitors will see them wrap their hair in a bun. Usually it costs 10 yuan to take a photo of a Yao woman. If one are lucky they might get to see them wash their hair at the river side, do not miss the chance to take photos.
The Yao nationality is distributed in six provinces but the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region contains the largest population of the Yao people. They have their own language but most would also speak mandarin. Their origins date to the Qin Dynasty. There are several sub-groups within the Yao nationality.Yao people are distinctive by their colorful national dress and often the women will have extremely long hair which is coiled up on top of their head.
The Zhuang are the most populous among the ethnic minorities in China . Guilin is one of the homes of the Zhuang nationality. Zhuang ethnic nationality is centuries-old and is distributed in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yunnan Province, Guangdong Province and Guizhou Province .Their culture is particularly rich and colorful.
The costume of the Zhuang is a simple design with the favored colors being blue and black. The women like to wear embroidered towels as headwear and an apron covered with exquisite handwork. Zhuang ladies will also wear intricate pieces of handmade silver earrings, bracelets and necklaces.