During this 1-day tour, our local professional guide from Guilin will accompany you as you hike to the Longji Rice Terraced Fields and visit two minority villages. You’ll admire the most beautiful scenery of the terraced fields from different angles and discover the local minority cultures of the Zhuang and Yao peoples.
You’ll receive a telephone call before 9:30pm from your tour guide to let you know the exact collection time for your trip the next day.
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Your guide will be waiting for you in your hotel’s lobby or other appointed location at the agreed time, which is usually 8am. He/she will hold a Trippest banner so that you recognize him/her immediately.
You’ll join a group with no more than six members, which is a great size to ensure you enjoy a better travel experience.
After collecting all the members, your tour group will head to the first destination — Longji Ancient Zhuang Village. It takes about 2 hours (108 kilometers) to get there from Guilin while it takes about 2½ hours (152 kilometers) to get there from Yangshuo County.
The Longji Rice Terraced Fields are located in Longsheng County, Guilin. They span across six villages and have a long history of more than 2,000 years.
The local Zhuang and Yao people have farmed these mountainous fields day after day and year after year their entire lives.
Their ancestors would never have dreamed that this tough terraced land, farmed with their tears and sweat, could be transformed in such a way over time and now reward the locals with amazing scenery that attracts the rest of the world.
The ancient Zhuang village you are going to visit is a small and quiet village where more than 300 Zhuang families live. Many of the local residences have a history of over 100 years. This village has now become a window into the Zhuang culture for the rest of the world. Longji Ancient Zhuang Village is the originating point of the Zhuang people’s terraced fields. The highest altitude in the village is about 1,300 meters while the lowest altitude there is 350 meters. The terraced fields there look magnificent.
First, you will walk for about 15 minutes from the ticketing gate to the Ecological Museum. You’ll have the chance to see the locals plowing and sowing the terraced fields.
In just the same way as their ancestors did, they are still working hard on this land to make a living without machines, preserving the history of this magnificent wonder.
When you arrive at the Ecological Museum, you’ll find lots of folkloric articles exhibited there, highlighting the Zhuang people’s folklore and customs.
Afterward, you will visit a local Zhuang person’s house to discover what their daily lifestyle is like.
Later, you’ll take an eco-vehicle to the mountaintop — the viewing point known as ‘Slender Ditch’ offers the best angle from which to view the beautiful terraced fields in Longji Ancient Zhuang Village.
After admiring the beautiful terraced fields from Slender Ditch, you will hike to another famous village — Ping’an Village. This hike takes about 1 hour to complete and is a distance of about 8 kilometers. The condition of the road you’ll hike along isn’t bad — there are no steep or dangerous paths and only a medium level of energy is required.
After completing the 1-hour hike, you will finally arrive at Ping’an Village. You will probably be thirsty and hungry, so it’s time to take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch.
You will have lunch at a local farmer’s family restaurant where you’ll have the chance to taste delicious local dishes, such as bamboo rice and other minority dishes. Bon appétit!
After lunch and feeling refreshed, you’ll visit the most famous village in Longji — Ping’an Village. You’ll see the beautiful scenery of Longji’s magnificent terraced fields — this area is a paradise for shutterbugs.
Many award-winning pictures were taken in this village. That’s why it has become more and more famous, attracting many tourists each year.
First, you’ll head to the Seven Stars with the Moon viewing point. There, you’ll see seven terraced fields surrounding a small hill — that’s why people gave it this name.
After visiting the Seven Stars with the Moon viewing point, you’ll speak with an elderly Yao lady with very long hair who has come from another village nearby so that you can learn about another ethnic group. The Yao people favor red clothing and the women always have long hair.
In their culture, girls are only allowed to have their hair cut twice in their life. Do you know when? We’ll keep it a secret and you can ask this lady yourself.
After speaking with the Yao lady, you’ll go to the most beautiful viewing point — Nine Dragons and Five Tigers. This viewing point is the highlight of the day. See the awe-inspiring view of the terraced fields, consider the wisdom of the Zhuang people and all the hard work they have put into this land, and appreciate the beautiful harmony between man and nature.
Take out your phone/camera and capture the beautiful sight so you can admire it again later.
Your trip comes to an end after visiting the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers viewing point. In order to save unnecessary walking, we’ll take an e-vehicle down the hill and you’ll be dropped off safely at your hotel in Guilin or Yangshuo.
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|Departure Place||Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|Guilin Departure||$115 USD||$95 USD||Free|
|Yangshuo Departure||$125 USD||$100 USD||Free|
Longji rice terrace is a must-visit place, in Guilin. When we were there, there were light rain, but we were not deterred by that. The view was simply gorgeous and magnificent. A good place for tourists of all ages. Gentle slope for hiking, and one would be awarded by the fantastic view, and how this vast farm is made possible. The bus driver and tour guide, Lily and Frank, who spoke perfect English were very attentive to our needs. Itinerary and programme were flexible as we did a private tour. Tour guide would adjust according to our preference and physical strength. This tour agency has the best itinerary suited for a compact visit, by any foreigner.