Longji Terraced Fields is in the Heping town in Longsheng, a 2 hours drive from Guilin. The terraced rice fields, like ladders, wind from the bottom of the mountain to the top. The elevation varies from 380 meters to 880 meters with a drop of 500 meters. First built during the Yuan Dynasty, these rice fields were built with the determination, sweat and blood of generations of people. It is a testimony to the ingenuity of agriculture in mountainous areas. These fields are often belt-shaped, narrow and long, most of which are only wide enough for two rows of crops. The largest patch is only one Mu. There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in southeast Longsheng.
People living in this region are mainly Zhuang minority. Their villages dot the rolling terraced fields. The two most visited villages are Huangluo Yao Village and Yinshui Dong Village.
Top Things to Do in Longji Terraced Fields
Ping’an Zhuang Ethnic Village Terraced Fields
Ping’an Village has the largest rice fields in Longshen County and its terraced fields are the core of Longji Terraced Fields. This Zhuang village is surrounded by a idyllic surroundings with rice terraces and forests, which makes it a nice place to enjoy the picturesque terraced fields scenery and experience the real tranquility of rural lifestyle.
The terraced fields stretch from the bottom to the top of mountains, which forms the magnificent and grand scenery. The terraced fields have different scenery in different seasons. There are lots of scenic spots like Seven Stars Surrounding the Moon (七星伴月), Nine Dragons and Five Tigers (九龙五虎) and Two Dragons Playing with a Pearl (二龙戏珠), all of which are popular among visitors and nice places to photography.
Seven Stars Surrounding the Moon refers to a big terraced field surrounding by seven small terraced fields, which makes it look like there are seven dazzling stars guarding the moon-shaped terraced field from afar. It is a really nice place for photography.
Nine Dragons and Five Tigers refer to nine ridges and five small hills. The nine ridges look like nine dragons bending over to drink the fresh water of the Jinjiang River from afar. While the five small hills along the nine ridges look like five tigers guarding the terraced fields. It is a nice place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
Jingkeng Red Yao Ethnic Village
Jinkeng Terraced Fields are bigger and higher than Ping’an Terraced Fields, which hold several Yao villages include Dazhai, Xiaozhai, Xinzhai and Xiabu. Jinkeng. Terraced Fields are well-preserved and villages here are full of primitive simplicity. The Yao women are in red traditional clothing, so the Yao people here called Red Yao (Hong Yao，红瑶).
Scenic spots such as Golden Buddha Peak (Jinfo Ding, 金佛顶), Dajie Thousand-Layer Terraces (大界千层天梯) and Xinshan Shaoyue (西山韶乐). Jinfo Ding is the best place to take pictures of sunset. And there is a cable way with 20 minutes traveling from the bottom of the terraced fields to the Jinfo Ding, which visitors not only can save time but also can visit the magnificent terraced fields from the air.
Xishan Shaoyue is a nice sightseeing point to visit the sunrise and sunset, which takes 2 hours to get there through the beautiful and magnificent fields on foot.
Besides, there are activities that suits for families with kids to experience the rural lifestyle here like farming in the fields, feeding the poultry.
Hiking from Ping’an Village to Jinkeng VillageHiking along terraced fields not only can visit the magnificent fields but also can get a better understanding of minority culture, which takes around 4-5 hours. There is a village called Zhongliu Village on the way for supplies.
Longji Terraced Fields is picturesque and wonderful all year round, with its scenery changing from season to season. The magnificent scenery of the rice terraced fields has attracted visitors from at home and abroad.
There are lots of rape flowers blossoming at the end of March in spring. Walking along the fields of rape flowers, ones can found the air is perfumed by the rape flowers. Taking a stroll and photograph at the land of rape flowers is a really a nice choice, which makes the trip more pleasant and meaningful.
Farmers will fertilize the rice terraced fields by using manure at the early beginning of May, which makes the fields red. The red fields are beautiful and unique. Locals are prepared to farm by storing water at the beginning of June. The terraced fields look like thousands of mirrors of different sizes shining every year in the storage period during June.
There is an important festival from 8th to 10th of June called Kaigeng Festival (literally means the time to farm). Visitors can enjoy many wonderful and traditional performances showed by locals. And there is not crowded at the time.
The terraced fields look like thousands of mirrors of different sizes shining every year in the storage period during June. From July to August is the best time to photograph with the clear sky and green fields as well as colorful cloud.
There is no doubt that the autumn is the best time to visit when the rice is ready for harvest and the terraced fields in golden. The weather is cool and the surroundings sometimes in light haze. Most visitors come to here to enjoy the beauty of golden fields and photograph the sunset and sunrise scenery.
Besides, visitors can experience the farming life by harvesting in the fields. The idyllic scenery is a nice place for visitors to visit and enjoy the real tranquil and simple local lifestyle.