Longsheng Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by CandS
  • Things to Do
    by CandS
  • Terraced rice fields
    Terraced rice fields
    by sirgaw

Longsheng Things to Do

  • Longsheng Rice Terraces

    We drove out to Longsheng from Guilin for a day trip. At the bottom of the mountain you need to change over to a shuttle bus and they take you to the base of the village. Then it's up to you to do the rest - you'll need a bit of fitness about you to get to the top as it's quite steep and long. The village looks very 'old style' but has a lot of...

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  • Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

    The second half of my day-trip from Guilin included seeing the famous Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. After visiting the Huanglao Yao Minority Village in the morning, we took another smaller bus up the hill and then walked past some souvenir stalls to get up to a little village called Ping'an. The highlight of the village is the chance to see the...

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  • Ping'an

    Ping'an is probably the most famous and, therefore, most touristy village in the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces region. Ping'an is wonderful as it features some more beautiful wooden houses that are perched on the slopes and which can only be accessed by winding tracks as it's too steep for roads and vehicles. The village has some nice looking...

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  • Huanglao Yao Minority Village - The...

    The village of Huanglao, itself, is very small and consists of some beautiful wooden houses that line the banks of the Xun River in a steep valley. More photos can be found in one of my travelogues.

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  • Huanglao Yao Minority Village - The Yao

    Huanglao Yao Minority Village is located in Longsheng County, about 93km (56 miles) north-west of Guilin near the famous Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. The village is home to the Yao ethnic minority, one of China's 56 minority people. I came here on a day tour from Guilin that I organised through where I was staying at the Backstreet Youth...

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  • Hiking

    While Ping'An is by no means off the beaten path in China, assessed by the souvenir vendors and touts that reach the level of harassment, it's still not a hugely popular destination in the winter. If you're in China and want to see rice terraces, there are plenty to see around here. They are not pristine, you are not alone. They have largely been...

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  • Interlocking hills ...

    When you are high up either in Dazhai or PingAn - look beyond - you might find a beautiful sight of "interlocking hills". Well, I assure you the scene in sight is more beautiful than what the camera can capture!

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  • PingAn's Dragon's Backbone Rice Terrace

    We did not stay in PingAn but did a hike from Dazhai to PingAn which is 4hours one way. PingAn is on slightly down south of Dazhai. It is a village with a cluster of shops, houses and lodges in a valley. PingAn has its own "Seven Stars and Moon", "Nine Dragons and Five Tigers" and other fanciful names rice terraces. Most of the tourists will be...

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  • Dazhai's Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

    Well, you main purpose of coming here is to see the rice terrraces....you got it....all around you! Dazhai is part of the famous Longi Titian (means Dragon's Backbone Rice Terrraces), the other being in PingAn, slightly down south (together with some of the other smaller villages). It is said that the higest terrace is of 1180m high and the lowest...

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Longsheng Hotels

  • Longji Star-wish Resort

    Ping'an Zhai, Heping Township, Longsheng County, Guangxi Zhuang, China

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Li An Lodge

    Ping'an Chun, Heping Xiang, Longsheng County, Guangxi Zhuang, 541701, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Wisdom Inn

    No.2 Main Road, Jinkeng Scenic Spot, Dazhai of Heping Country, 541701

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Longsheng Restaurants

  • - everywhere in the area

    Seen in many eating establishments in the area is bamboo rice (also called sticky rice) and I can say it is delicious.A unique way of cooking rice is inside a tube of bamboo and mixed with stock and a few other delicacies. The bamboo is then cooked over an open burner and when 'done' split open so the bamboo is in 2 length wise pieces and ready to...

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  • Bamboo rice

    My tour party had lunch in one of the restaurants in Ping'an where I had a dish of beef and mushroom and rice steamed in bamboo, all washed down with cheap beer.

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  • Bamboo steamed chicken and rice

    At one of the many small hotel-restaurants in Pang'an I followed the advice of a group of departing Chinese tourists and ordered the area's famous chicken and rice cooked in bamboo. Even though this place was small, they had a menu with English translation and the same price I had been told by the departing Chinese.At this time of year I was the...

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Longsheng Transportation

  • Transportation - wicker-basket

    The primary way to get around the area of Ping' An is walking. Stout shoes are suggested and some may find walking poles to be very helpful as there are few, if any, hand rails along the narrow winding walkways. There are probably thousands of steps, so suggest getting fit before venturing into the area.The local Yao people do provide a...

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  • Transportation – sedan chairs

    When we arrived at the main entrance to the village and rice terraces area, we were approached by sedan-chair operators. For a price, we would have been transported in style to our hotel and avoided the 500 + steps to get there. I'm sure the pricing was based on 'weight-factor' and those who had 'super-sized' at Maccas and elsewhere, no doubt paid...

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  • Transportation – pack-horses

    For good reason, the local pack horses do have right of way on all the paths and trails in the area. Some of the sturdy little animals seemed to be very heavily laden.We tried to organise a pack horse for one of our crew of travellers, but the horse immediately needed Valium mixed in with its hay and then took the rest of the day off.One of the...

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Longsheng Shopping

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    Souvenir stalls: Along the climb up to Ping'an

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

    The climb up to Ping'an from where the bus drops you off is quite hard but there are some souvenir stalls along the way to take you mind off. There are also some stalls selling food and drinks.

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Longsheng Local Customs

  • Bamboo rice

    Rice steamed in bamboo seems to be a local custom here. In fact, I had some for lunch whilst in Ping'an that came with some vegetables and was very sticky and quite difficult to remove from the bamboo and eat. They split the bamboo in half for you. You'll see women cooking bamboo in Ping'an.

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  • Zhuang Women

    These particular Zhuang women wanted me to pay them to 'let their hair down' but after seeing the women doing the same in Huanglao, I declined their offer even though they were quite demanding.

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  • Long hair

    The Yao women are very famous for having incredibly long hair which can measure up to 2.1m in length. Reason for it to be so long is that they only have their hair cut twice throughout their lives - once when they turn 18 and once again when they get married which is when they finally reveal it to the public, which you'll get to see. You'll notice...

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Longsheng Warnings and Dangers

  • Climb up to Ping'an and beyond

    The climb up to Ping'an from where the bus drops you off is quite hard but there are stalls along the way to take you mind off it plus you also can admire the views as you ascend. The whole area around Ping'an is very steep with tight, narrow tracks with poor surfaces so care should be taken. Sedan chairs are available for the climb up to Ping'an.

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  • Zhonglu... touts

    The touts in Zhonglu can be aggressive, persistant and annoying, to say the least. Yes, the women as well. They made for a really bad experience that may be dependent on the time of year we went (February- Spring Festival in China, but a seeming low season for this area). Or maybe they are always like that. I hope not. We could have said, "Yes" to...

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  • Disabled Travelers...

    If you're handicapped, there are facilities for you to be carried in a litter at best, a chair between two poles at worst, though to really get around the village and surroundings, you'll need to be able to walk and be in decent shape at that. They don't have much in the way of handicapped access in China yet.

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Longsheng Tourist Traps

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    Pestered by natives

    by gnil Written Sep 27, 2007

    If you intend to walk around by yourself, the natives will approach you to offer their 'help'. They will 'help' you to carry your things and show you the way with a fee.

    Unique Suggestions: Most of them will go away if you say no firmly to them. Some will keep on following you and you must be persistent enough to shake them off.

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Longsheng What to Pack

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    The higher you are...the colder it is...

    by myspices Written Oct 8, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light as you need to hike. Small backpack for day use. A cap.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable sneakers or sandals - good grip.
    a light overcoat or jacket or a shawl - nights could be cold

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: normally those lodges up the hill do not provide toiletries or towels... bring your own. A sunblock would be useful if the heat is on. They do provide toilet rolls though.

    Photo Equipment: of course...lots of memory card and heavily charged batteries

    The basic neccessities..
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    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Budget Travel

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Longsheng Off The Beaten Path

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    ZhongLiu

    by John195123 Written Mar 2, 2008

    Not too off the beaten path, but worth a hike if you don't mind persistent touts, Zhong Liu is another village about two hours walk from Ping'An. There aren't too many signs outside Ping'An...

    Trail to ZhongLiu
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    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking

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Longsheng Favorites

  • Terraced rice fields

    The concept of terraced gardens, rice fields and even terraced salt pans is certainly not unique to the Longji area of China. Never-the-less the area boasts incredible scenery of arable land carved by mankind over centuries.The Longji terraced rice fields have a history dating back around 500 years and stand as testament to the hard work of the Yao...

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  • Faces of Yao people

    A collection of 5 photos of just some of the people we saw while walking to and from our hotel. I am sad to report that a number of the web sites describing the Yao people, quote the word Yao as meaning dog or savage in Chinese. One web site worth a visit for details on this important ethnic minority in China (and other countries) is...

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  • TV comes to Ping'an!

    As I was walking back down to the bus from Ping'an, I crossed over one of the covered bridges over a stream and on it were a couple of guys taking up around a dozen TV's to the village on yoke's across their shoulders with a boxed up TV at either end. Now TV's are pretty heavy but can you imagine taking two at once all the way up a steep narrow...

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