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Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
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Private Tour of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The good thing about this place is also part of the bad. The good thing: not as many tourists as the "Thousand Miao Villages of Xijiang", which is basically like a Miao Disneyland minus the rides. Most of the cultural appeal has been replaced in favour of lots of shops selling indigenous handicrafts (which may or may not have been churned out by a factory somewhere, as you'll see the same items throughout the region) and snacks. BUT this is not the case here, at least as of yet anyway. There aren't hordes of tourists, but there are still plenty there.

The bad thing is that this may also be the reason why the infrastructure (parking and other public facilities) has not been built to accommodate the increased number of tourists since it first became a scenic spot over a dozen years ago. The owners of the hotels will come up to you in the parking lot and try to persuade you to stay in their place. Some will tell you that you can drive straight in and park there, but once you're in, there's pretty much only a few spots where you can make a U-turn back out. You can't even back out because there are so many other cars parked along one side of the street, leaving only one lane open for traffic.

Overall, the good outweighs the bad. There's a bit of commercialism sneaking in here, but I guess that's to be expected as the locals make the shift from agriculture to tourism as the source of their livelihoods.

The scenery is honestly breathtaking. Take the cable car to the top if you don't fancy the hike (probably about an hour if you take your time), then walk back down so you can get an awesome view of the terraced field fan out in front of you.

Worth a visit before it's overrun.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Worth the walk, which is not far. There is a shelter to avoid sun or rain. The mist comes gradually up from the valley after a rain making for a special scene.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We stayed at Dazhai village as recommended. It was high climb to the hostel but it's all worth it. We spent 3 nights giving us enough time to explore the place from the three view scenic spots. The village people are very helpful and friendly to visitors even with the language barriers. As I am a novice photographer, It was really a good experience to take beautiful shots of the rice terrace and the best view comes around 4 am as the fog rises from the village below to the mountains. I came there during planting season in summer so I could see the villagers working on their field. Beautiful and peaceful spots for those who enjoy serenity in nature.

2  Thank LilyTJ
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We took a day trip to Longshen from Guilin & it was one of our favorite days in China.

The drive to Longshen is interesting. You drive through rural farming areas & minority villages.

The walk from the base, through the village to the top of the rice fields is amazing. The views, the structures, the people.

Be sure to take in a "hair show" along the way. These women only cut their hair once in their life - right before their wedding. What's cut is kept rolled into their still attached hair. An interesting custom.

The view from the top is beautiful.

Take time linger in the village.

1  Thank Mappie
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Truly beautiful. Stunning rice terraces, with different views at different times of the year. We visited in the summer when they were quite green, but I've seen friends' photos from spring when the fields were just being flooded, and seen beautiful images of the rice terraces in winter and autumn.

1  Thank Jaya M
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