Plan your Guilin tour? Longji Rice Terrace (龙脊梯田), literally “Dragon’s Backbone Terraced Paddy Fields”, are the scenic area with their ticketing offices about 1km to the south of Heping Town (和平乡), about 14 km to the southeast of Longsheng Country (龙胜), 76km to the north of Guilin (桂林) and 146km to the northwest of Yangshuo (阳朔).
Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area encomposes five natural villages – Dazhai Village (大寨) & Tiantouzhai Village (田头寨) (both Yao minority villages), Ping’An Zhuang Minority Village (平安寨), the Ancient Zhuang Minority Village (龙脊古壮寨）and Huangluohong Yao Minority Village (黄洛红瑶寨).
Longji Rice Terrrace area mainly refers to the rice terraces in the three forest-fringed villages – Dazhai Village (大寨), Tiantouzhai Village ( 田头寨) and Ping’An Village (平安寨). Ping’An Village is about 16km to the northeast of the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office ( Also the Bus Station and Parking Lot for Longji). Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village are about 23 km to the northeast of the Longji Ticketing Office. Tiantouzhai is located on the hillsides above Dazhai Village. Both the two villages are roughly in the same area.
How to get to Longji Rice Terraces?
When we ask “How to get to Longji Rice Terraces?”, actually we mean two questions – How to get to the Longji Ticketing Office (the Tourist Service Center) and how to get from the ticketing office to the actual areas for viewing Longji rice terraces which mainly include the terraced paddy fields around Ping’An Village, Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village.
How to get to the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office?
The Longji Ticketing Office is in the service complex designed for Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area which includes the ticketing office, bus station, toilets and other facilities. There are daily buses directly getting to the Longji Ticketing Office from Guilin Qintan Bus Station and Guilin General Bus Station(76km); and buses from Yangshuo (146km), Heping Town (1km) and Longsheng (14km).
How to get to Ping’An Village, Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village from the Ticketing Office?
At present, the shuttle buses in Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Area are only designed for tourist groups instead of individual tourists. For those who come here organised by a travel agent need to purchase a 40-yuan bus ticket for the shuttle service shuttling from the ticketing office to Ping’An, Daizhai and Tiantouzhai.
It seems Longji Rice Terrace is not an individual tourist-friendly place where as an independent traveler, you are not allowed to use the shuttle service starting from the ticketing office. Instead, you have to take the local public buses outside the ticketing office to Ping’An (16km), or further to Dazhai and Tiantouzhai (23km). It is a hourly bus ride with the bus fare at 20 yuan, a return ticket and valid for multidays. So keep your bus ticket for a return trip from the villages back to the ticketing office.
All the public buses come from Longsheng, on to Heping Town and the ticketing office, so your bus ticket is also valid between the villages and Heping Town, or Longsheng. That means you are able to take bus to the villages directly from Heping Town or Longsheng as well as the Longji Ticketing Office.
Visit Ping’An Village, or Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village?
For a day tripper from Guilin or Yangshuo, people don’t have enough time to cover the three villages and have to make a choice between Ping’An Village, and Dazhai & Tiantouzhai villages due to the limited time since each village involves 2-3 hour hiking. Ping’An Village is about 19km away from Dazhai Village & Tiantouzhai Village.
So choose Ping’An Village, or its competitors Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village? Ping’An Rice Terrace area often represents Longji Rice Terraces since Ping’An Village was the first village in the scenic area developing rice terrace sightseeing tourism while Dazhai and Tiantouzhai are newcomers, beautiful competitors in a less touristy area.
Personally I highly recommend visiting Dazhai & Tiantouzhai since they have a much larger area put together of terraced paddy fields with more photogenic views. The upside is that they have a long cable car lifting you to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the terraced fields if you don’t have strong legs for hiking.
How to Visit Dazhai (大寨）& Tiantouzhai (田头寨)?
There is the same parking area and entrance to the two village with Tiantouzhai Village perched on the hillsides and Dazhai Village at the foot of the hills. There are three high viewing platforms in the area – Platform No. 1, No 2 and No. 3. You may hike from Dazhai to No.02 Platform in Tiantouzhai and up to the No.01 Platform on the summit. The Platform No.03 can be reached by the cable car service starting from the parking lot and by the entrance. Cable car: 70 yuan single and 120 return tickets.
For a fast glimpse of the massive terrace rice fields, you may take the cable car up to the Viewing Platform No.03. For hiking lovers, you may hike up from Dazhai Village along the trails with English signposts. The time hiking up to No.01 and No.2, then back to the entrance takes about 4-5 hours. The last return bus from Dazhai to the ticketing office or Longsheng leaves at 5:30 pm. So carefully schedule your travel time for a day trip to Longji.
The Parking Area by the entrance to Dazhai Village and the Cable Car Station.
Take the cable car up the Viewing Platform for a bird-eye’s view of the magnificent terraced paddy fields.
The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces viewed from the Platform No.03.
A close-up view of the rice terraces.
The Panorama House Hotel and the Viewing Platform No.01 on its left side wth the red flag.
The Viewing Plaform No.01 is the best place in Longji to see the sunrise.
The terraced rice fields viewed from the Platform No.01.
Snapping pictures of the rice terraces below.
The terraced paddy fields known as “Seven Stard flying to the Moon”.
The “the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields ” viewed from the Platform No.02
1) Dragon’Den Hostel (大寨青年旅社): Tel: 0773 – 7585780 Located in Dazhai Village
2) Meijing Lou (美景楼): Tel: 0773 7585678 Located in Tiantouzhai Village
Panorama House Hotel (全景楼大酒店): On the summit of the mountain Tel: 0773 – 7585688
How to Visit Ping’An (平安)?
Many individual trippers favor Ping’An Village simply because it is closer to the ticketing office, saving time and another factor is Ping’An is more developed with better catering service and it is learned that even some foreigners run a bar restarant there.
There are two Viewing Platforms – from the No.01 Platform you can catch the stunning view of the so-called “Nine Dragons and Five Tigers”, a metapher vividly depicting the terraced paddy fields resembling dragons and tigers; from the No.02 Platform you ‘ll see ” Seven Stars Accompany the Moon” that refers the seven high terrraced platform and the watered platform that resembles the Moon, a fantastic view.
The view of “Nine Dragons and Five Tigers ” at Ping’An Village
The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon at Ping’An
The Ping’ An Village
1) Longji Holiday Hotel (龙脊酒店): Tel: 0773 7583545
2) Liqing Hote (丽晴饭店) Tel: 0773 13878352092
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