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Longsheng County

 

Longsheng town, in Northern Guangxi province, is a small town of 160,000, which is surrounded by mountains on all four sides. In this town, you will find a mixture of Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong ethnicities. However the town is definitely not the main attraction of Longsheng. To really experience the beauty of this area, you must get out into the hills and explore the rice terraces and the minority villages set amongst them.

The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, found 23 kilometres out of Longsheng, are definitely the most famous rice terraces in China. Covering an area of 66 square kilometers, these rice terraces were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by Zhuang people, making them over 700 years old. The terraced fields are built along the mountain slopes winding from the riverside right up to the peaks, reaching elevations of up to 885m. The views from the tops of these peaks are just superb. While an hour or two is all that is needed to see the designated viewpoints, longer hikes are certainly well worth the effort.

As well as amazing scenery, Longsheng is also the area to visit for culture. Since it is home to four different ethnic minorities, you have the opportunity to see firsthand the rich variety of customs in this district. The most visible cultural differences are perhaps the costumes worn by the local women. In Dazhai, see the embroidered pink costumes, the heavy, silver earrings, and the extremely long hair of the Yao women. In Ping'an, you will notice the Zhuang women wearing white shirts, black pants, and brightly coloured towels on their heads. As you look out at the vast mountain panoramas, it is a real spectacle to see women dressed in such finery working the fields.

Longsheng County Tourist Attractions

    Longji Rice Terraces

    Located approximately 27 kilometers southeast of Longsheng County, a vast reg...
    Yinshui Dong Village

    Situated 1.5 kilometers west of Longsheng County, Guilin City, Yinshui Dong V...
    Baimian Yao Village

    Located in the Longsheng Hot Springs National Forest Park, the Baimian Yao Vi...
 

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