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“Spectacular adventure”

Long Sheng's Dragon Spine Rice Terraces
Reviewed 5 October 2013

This was a rugged adventure in the culture and geography of the region. I can best describe as one of the world's 'National Geographic' type locations. One of the highlights of my 4 trips to China.

Getting to the area was harder than described in other reviews and articles. We took public bus from downtown Guilin and transferred to local bus. A rough 4 hours trip, part of it noisy, harrowing on hilly roads, hot and cramped at times. We had much easier time on a private bus that took us directly from the village to Guilin. A new and tasty experience was the 'bus lunch' that was included on the way back.

By bus lunch, I mean the bus came to a stop and everyone got out, lined up at a food truck, and received a large bowl of noodles , vegetables, and meat, egg, stir fry. Eat and back on the bus. Quick, good and cheap. Maybe $1.50 US.

I convinced my wife to employ one of the porters, who carried her bag about 2 hours up the hill. My estimation is that the higher you go the better the guesthouse accommodations. It was a warm night and we did not sleep very well, but we felt good after a beer and fresh and filling dinner.

By staying overnight, we could see and photograph the village and hills in afternoon and morning light. I recommend staying the night.

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

This day trip out of Guilin arranged by our tour operator, China Spree, was the highlight of our family's trip to China. Imagine 2000 foot peaks sculpted into step like terraces for growing rice by the indigenous minority peoples. Imagine climbing over 1200 uneven stone steps through hillside villages where the fragrance of the local delicacy bamboo rice wafts throughout the air. After several days touring in crowded cities, this day was a peaceful chance to reconnect with nature and see a blue, not smoggy sky. I had injured my foot the day before and expressed concerns that I couldn't handle the climb, but our wonderful guide Ming assured me that there were local farmers eager for the income who acted as porters and carried tourists up the hills in sedan chairs. So Ming negotiated a reduced fee ($30.00) she said because I was petite and I was carried up the steps in a covered bamboo sedan chair by two smiling, strong farmers. The views from the summit were breathtaking. the opportunity for shopping on the descent was great fun. Our son still waxes poetic about the unique to the region chili sauce served with our lunch that day. Our only regret - the chili sauce packaged in the villages could not be exported back to the states.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

What an experience, the drive from Guilin then walking the terraces and having lunch overlooking the amazing scenery in this area. We had a fabulous day exploring and getting to see the incredible rice terraces and work that goes in to this labour.
Highly recommend this day out.

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We visited the Rice Terraces in December on an overcast day (most days were overcast in December in China). Surviving the many spruikers was worth it once we made the climb to the peak, with 360 degree views - plenty of photo opportunities. The rural countryside was beautiful, especially after the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded cities. The precariousness of the stone pathways and the houses on stilts adds to the splendour of this place. As we tourists made our way through the village the locals were either trying to sell us photo opportunities (Warning: do not point your camera at a local, unless you are prepared to pay for the pleasure) or otherwise just getting on with their life. I am still amazed at how they get the horses up there. This is a must, irrespective of the time of year.

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