We toured the Longji Rice Terraces with Mr. Leo from Guilin Private Tours. The drive from Guilin took a couple of hours by private van, but was well worth it.
We parked and walked the stairstepped trail up through the village of Ping'an to the viewing spots above the village. the views were truly majestic. We visited in early July on misty day, but the clouds parted to give us great views of the terraces stretching along the hillsides. There are numerous shops along the trail where you can pick up souvenirs or take photos if you want and there's a small shop at the summit of the trail with cold drinks. The shops are touristy, of course, but everyone was extremely wecoming and you can easily ignore the souvenirs and concentrate on the view.
Do a little reading on the "long haired women" of the area as you'll encounter some of these ladies in the shops.
Try the Meiyou Cafe in Ping'an for lunch on the way down. Very nice.
Also have a look at Leo's Guilin Private Tours website. He took great care of us and we'd recommend him and his company.
For photographers: I took along an 18-55 DX zoom and found myself wishing I'd brought a wider angle to really capture the landscape.
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