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Jan 16 2015

Mystical, Magical Longji Rice Terrace Fields of Longsheng

There were lots of incredible things I saw and did during my time in China a few years ago.  One that I don’t think I will ever forget is the rice terrace fields in Longsheng County.  I have mentioned it briefly in a previous post about romantic destinations, but I didn’t go into detail about it.  This is why it is this week’s Foto Friday.

Longsheng Terrace Rice Fields

While I was in Guilin, I decided to check out the Longji rice terrace fields in Longsheng County.  To be honest, I had no idea what to expect, but it was far better than I could ever have imagined.

These rice terrace fields are one of many in China, which is probably why it is the world’s largest producer of rice.  China accounts for nearly a third of the world’s rice production.

The Longji rice terrace fields are located about an hour and a half from Longsheng by bus.  There are two rice terrace areas: Ping’An and Jin Keng.  Apparently, the former gets more tour groups, so that’s why I opted for Jin Keng.

The journey from Longsheng to the end of the bus route is pretty spectacular with small waterfalls and mountains.  Once off the bus, there is some uphill walking involved, although you can sit in a bamboo sedan chair and be carried up, like royalty.  If you want to walk it, but don’t want to carry your luggage, local women will offer to carry it up for you.  I only had a small backpack with me, so I didn’t require any help.

Because it takes time to get there from Guilin, you really need to stay for at least one night, although that really isn’t long enough to truly experience this magical place.  When I first set eyes on the rice fields, I was astounded by the sheer scale of it and that continued the more I explored.  It’s beautiful because of the way the terraces curve round.  While I was there, the low cloud gave it a mystical look.

It really is one of those places you have to see for yourself.   I was there in September, just before they started harvesting, which is why it was so green.  At another time of year, it looks completely different.

If you’re seeking some peace and quiet, want to get some fab photos, or learn about some interesting small communities, you can do all this while discovering the beauty and magic of Longji.  It’s certainly worth considering it as an option during your trip to China.

Location

I travelled from Guilin to Longsheng, and then got a bus to the rice terrace fields.  There appear to be other ways to get there now, so it’s worth searching on the internet as well as enquiring about your options when you are in Guilin.  I’ve included a map, so you can see where these places are.

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Would you consider visiting Longji rice terrace fields?  Perhaps you’ve already been there or to other rice terrace fields?  If so, what was your experience like?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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