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Be prepared for hagglers, especially of you as part of a tourist group.
Must visit and stay at least one night.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Most travelers will give this a pass as they will be looking for the Longi Titian instead. Visitors from other parts of China's provinces might drop by for a "dip". Did not visit this place but saw a pic on how it looks like and thus would like to share with you if you are interested to go...more
Ping'an Zhai, Heping Township, Longsheng County, Guangxi Zhuang, China
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Ping'an Chun, Heping Xiang, Longsheng County, Guangxi Zhuang, 541701, China
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No.2 Main Road, Jinkeng Scenic Spot, Dazhai of Heping Country, 541701
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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...more
These guys are, I bet, a bigger-city operation cashing in on the tourist dollar. That being said, they have internet and a nice restaurant that offers pizzas and other western food if the chicken heads in the hotpot get too much for you. They have a nice view of the area, English menus and at least when we were there (Feb. 2008) a waitress that...more
Huanglao Yao Minority Village and Ping'an are located in Longsheng County, about 93km (56 miles) north-west of Guilin. I came to both villages on a day tour from Guilin that I organised through where I was staying at the Backstreet Youth Hostel, which cost RMB160. The journey to the Huanglao Yao Minority Village took about 2 hours and the weather...more
Longsheng is the gateway bus station to access Ping'an and the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Look for the buses marked as in the accompanying image. The ride may be around 7 yuan, (Lonely Planet said 6.50) but there's a 50 yuan per person entrance fee into the park area that contains Ping'an.This is a great ride if you like cliff-hugging, narrow...more
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.
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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.
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
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...
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...more
The rice terraces look different during different seasons. When we were there, the rice grains were in the midst of turning to slight yellow...Come end October, they will all be in gold. What we can see now is mix of light green and yellow...The harvest month will have the whole terraces in shimmering gold...imagine, with the rays of the sun...more
When you are onboard the bus at Longsheng to either PingAn or Dazhai, the bus will stop at a depot before the village of Jinzhu (Golden River). Here, the ticket officer of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces (Longi Titian) will collect from all foreigners a fee of 50yuan for visiting the rice terraces. This office is set up by the Tourism board. Hey,...more