Longsheng Terraces in Guilin

The Longsheng Terraced Rice Fields are the most famous rice terraces in China. It is a paradise for photographers and people interested in China's minority cultures. Longsheng (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. The terrace with water in summer days is especialy stunning.

Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. During the Yuan Dynasty, many minority groups were forced to flee to the mountains. Being primarily an agricultural society, they needed to find a way to continue agriculture on the steep sides of the mountains. They did this be ingeniously turning the mountains themselves into fields. The harvest in Longsheng is a stunning sight of golden colors, do not miss it. 

The entire mountains are covered with rice fields, from the rivers far below to the peaks, making Longsheng a very unique and picturesque scenic spot filled with ethnic minority groups such as the Yao and Zhuang. These people live in beautiful villages nestled in the hills.

The villages scattered across the mountain consist of wooden buildings built in a style that lets them hug the steep mountains. Each village is quite small and consists of only a few buildings. Many of these wooden homes are also used as small hotels, and visitors to Longsheng can stay in one and witness the local people's hospitality.

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