If you are in the Guilin area, you must not miss the Longji Rice Terraces.
Located in a remote mountainous area, it takes about a 1.5 hours by private bus from Guilin.
Most people go for a day trip, but we definitely recommend an overnight stay.
When you arrive the local people and the architecture are the first thing to capture your eye.
We stayed in the village of Dazhai, at the new and beautiful Wisdom Inn: http://www.wisdom-inn.com
Sandy is an English speaking Shanghainese lady who can help you with any arrangements.
The accommodations are clean and modern and her food is local and delicious.
The thing to do is hike around to the local neighborhood houses in search of great food and home made rice wine.
The drink not to be missed is the home made rice wine. You must go door to door to sample the slightly different styles. A to go bottle can be purchased easily, just ask a local and he’ll take you into his home to sample.
This treat doesn’t come easily as you have to hike for it.
The hike is what the trip is all for. Being among the rice terrace in this self sustaining area is truly inspiring. The terraces were cut into the mountainside hundreds of years ago and like the roman aqueducts, they created their own self irrigation system.
Local and imported wares can be found all over, the locals are especially pushing their beautiful products this week as it’s the Golden tourism week around the national holiday.
I ended up buying some scarves, a belt, and pillow cases from a local lady next to our hotel and played a little with her daughter and grandma.
In the morning, it’s all about getting up early and hiking up to the view points above the village.
You can find breakfast along the way, chat with the locals, and visit with one of the ladies with the famous long black hair. For a small fee, she will show you her namesake and even sing a local tune.
Keep on hiking and following the well marked trails…
Here you can really take in the scenery and see why the area is called “The Dragon’s Back.”
The angles of the terraces form to create the impression of the back of a dragon. When the sun appears between the clouds, the rays of light that are cast are awesome.
The week we were there was harvest time as you can see by the golden colors of the ripe rice.
Go in spring and the terraces will be filled with water and be bright green in color.
Any time of the year, the Longji Rice Terraces are not to be missed!