This tour starts in GUILIN, then a transfer is provided to the Longsheng Rice Terraces, also called the Longji Rice Terraces. About 85 km away, this is a vast region of rice terraces stretches layer upon layer, coiling around from the base of Longji (the dragon's backbone) Mountain to its summit. Date back to Ming Dynasty, the rice terraces has a history over 650 years.
Upon arrival, pay a visit to the Huangluo Yao village, home to the Red Yao minority. One of the many branches of China’s ethnic minorities, the Yao women are commonly known for their exceedingly long black hair. A custom of the Red Yao ethnic is that all females should keep a long hair – the longer hair means more pretty. They use rice water to shampoo their hair instead of chemical based modern hair maintenance remedies. Competitions often take place in the region to honour the women with the longest hair – the longest hair can reach to 1.9 meters, while others also have more than 1-meter-long hair. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the village.
Afterwards, drive to the PING AN, located 20 kilometers away (40 minute drive). This 600-year-old village is located at the very peak of Longsheng Rice Terraces, 1200 meters above sea-level and is home to over 100 peasant households who are of Zhuang ethnic minority living on assarting terraced fields.
OPTIONAL: Depending on time, a moderate walk (30 minutes) to the highest region in the village can be arranged. From here, you can view the panoramas of the terraced rice fields, as well as glimpse the rural life and style of architecture found in the forest-fringed villages. Local porters are happy to carry in personal belongings.
Overnight at hotel in Ping’an.
This morning, we will take an approximate 4-hour walk along the Dragon’s Backbone Trail – one of the most beautiful stretches of the Longsheng Rice Terraces. Walk time is contingent on both personal pace and how many stops are taken for photographs. Appearing similar to a massive, undulating staircase, these tiered rice paddies house villages of the Dong, Miao, Yao, and Zhuang minorities.
Depending on your physical conditions and preference, the walk today is designed to start from Ping An Village to one of the villages (including Ancient Zhuang Village 2 hours or Dazhai Village 4 hours) and then heading back.
NOTE: Visiting is not advised between December-March, when snow and fog can spoil the spectacle.
After the day’s exploration through the region, you will be transferred back to Guilin. End of our services.