Longji Rice Terraces in Longshen

Longji, Longsheng, Guangxi, China

Longji, Longsheng, Guangxi, China by jose pereira. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License.

Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent.

They are often considered most beautiful in early June. At this time, water is pumped over the rice paddies and young plants are transferred to the main terraces. Tourists can day trip here from Guilin and see just about everything there is to see. But if you want to explore further into the less tourist infested sections of the rice terrace area and overnight stay is suggested.

Map showing location of Longji Rice Terraces in Longshen

Above: Location of Longji Rice Terraces in Longshen in Guilin, Guangxi, China