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Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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“Shili” literally means “10 li” in Chinese.  The “li” is known as Chinese mile, a traditional Chinese unit of distance. Now one “li” is equal to half a kilometre.

Shili Scenery Gallery Road Map (Google)

The Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo (阳朔十里画廊) metaphysically refers to the mesmerizing 6km-long road starting from the southern end of Kangzhan Road (抗战路) in downtown Yangshuo to Moon Hill in Gaotianzhen ( Gaotian Town) in Yangshuo.

Origin of Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

When President Carter of the United States came to Visit Yangshuo, he learned from the bodyguards there was a charming road flanked with many small beautiful scenes they saw passing by in a flash by car. After hearing this, Carter temporarily put forward to the reception staff to change the tour plan, borrowing a few bicycles and roaming the present day ” The Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo” (actually the metaphoric name was coined after Carter’s visit).

To this end, the government in 2000 specially built a nearly 10 li (just meaning a long distance) of bicycle path, viewing platforms, rest pavilions, etc., for tourists to freely enjoy the scenery along the way.

The locals call it the Carter Scenic Path. The 6km scenic road is flanked by idyllic fields, weird caves, undulating karst hills, the charming Yulong River,  old Banyan trees, ancient villages, and seasonal flowers, presenting a picturesque corridor which is gradually dubbed as “Shili Scenery Gallery ” or “Ten-Mile Gallery” you just name it as li and mile here don’t mean the exact distance, just a metaphor.

How to Visit Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

No entry fee for the bucolic sightseeing country road. But there are around 10 yuan for each pay attraction along the scenic corridor. These attraction sites are the result of the years’ investment and tourist development by the local governments all levels and private sectors as well.

The Ten-Mile Scenery Gallery has been a bit overdeveloped in recent years with too many tourist groups flocking here by bus during the tourist high season, especially during summer vacation in July and August. Though the tourist buses may line up closely along the scenic road, it is still worth experiencing the idyllic charm that permeates the whole gallery.

If you are going to visit Yangshuo on your Guilin tour, spend 2 or 3 hours to feel and touch the sightseeing Shili Scenery Gallery. You may cycle or even walk along the Shili Scenery Gallery. Bikes are available all over Yangshuo with a small amout of 10 yuan.

Virtual Tour of Ten-Mile Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo

Follow me to feel the Shili Scenery Gallery.

Cycling and Viewing

Biking along Shili Scenery Gallery
Biking along Shili Scenery Gallery

Mother and son

Mother and Son
Mother and Son
father and Son

Father and son

Cycling through the idyllic country road

Bike along the green belt.
Bike along the green belt.

Karst Hills and Lotus Flower

Karst Hills and Lotus.
Karst Hills and Lotus.

Karst Hill and yellow Flower

Hill and Flower
Hills and Flowers

Bike in spite of scorching sun

Biking inspite of the scorching sun
Biking inspite of the scorching sun

Yulong River

Yulong River
Yulong River

Stop and take pictures

Stop and take pictures
Stop and take pictures

Cycling on and on

Cycling on and on
Cycling on and on

Shili Scenery Gallery and Yulong River Comb Day Trip

Note: You can combine your trip to Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo with the bamboo rafting on Yulong River. Yulong River (遇龙河), about 7 km southwest of Yangshuo, is the largest tributary of Li River with a total length of 16 km starting from Jinlong Bridge and Yulong Bridge, ends at Gongnong Bridge, and emptying itself into Li River.

The scenery along Yulong River is breathtaking. Yulong River is often regarded as a  smaller and quieter Li River.

Location of Yulong River and Shili Scenery Gallery

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Longji Rice Terraces from Guilin (Tips, Photos & Map)

Friday, January 7th, 2022
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Longji Rice Terraces from Guilin. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!

with their ticketing office building located about 1km to the south of Heping Town (和平乡),  about 14 km to the southeast of Longsheng County (龙胜),  76km to the north of Guilin city proper (桂林) and 146km to the northwest of Yangshuo (阳朔).

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot

Plan your Guilin tour? Longji Rice Terrace (龙脊梯田), literally “Dragon’s Backbone Terraced Paddy Fields”,  is a large scenic area. Officially known as Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot (龙脊梯田风景名胜区), it encompasses 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 Terrace Scenic Spot mainly refers to the rice terraces in the three forest-fringed villages –  Ping’An Village (平安寨),  Dazhai Village (大寨) and Tiantouzhai Village ( 田头寨).

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot
Address: Longsheng County, Guilin City, Guangxi, China
Tel: 0773-7583188
Official Website: http://longjitour.com

Ping’Ancun Village (平安寨)

Ping’Ancun Village is 18km to the northeast of the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office ( Also the Bus Station and Parking Lot for Longji).

Dazhaicun Village (大寨) & Tiantouzhai Village ( 田头寨)

Dazhaicun Village and Tiantouzhai Village are 24 km to the northeast of the Longji Ticketing Office Building. Tiantouzhai is located on the hillsides above Dazhai Village. Both the two villages are roughly in the same area.

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot Ticket Office

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot Ticket Office is located about 1km to the south of Hepingxian (和平乡),  about 14 km to the southeast of Longsheng County (龙胜),  76km to the north of Guilin city proper (桂林) and 159km to the northwest of Yangshuo (阳朔).

76km to the north of Guilin and 159km to the northwest of Yangshuo (Google)
1km to the south of Hepingxian about 14 km to the southeast of Longsheng (Google)

Entrance Tickets

Adult ticket :80 RMB;
Group ticket (more than 20 people):75 RMB;
Scenic spot shuttle bus for group travellers (inside the scenic area) : 40 RMB;
Local public Bus for individual travellers: 40 RMB
Huangluo Yao Village Song and dance :80 RMB;
Jinkeng Sightseeing Cable Car : RMB 100 round-trip/RMB 55 one-way
Open all year round.

Longji Rice Terrace ticketing office building
Ticketing Counter for Individual Travellers at Longji Rice Terraces

The tourist service complex designed for Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot includes the ticketing office, bus station, toilets and other facilities.

Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot Ticket Office Map (Google)

How to get to the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office from Guilin? 

There are daily buses directly getting to the Longji Ticketing Office Building from Guilin Qintan Bus Station and Guilin North Bus Station(76km)

There are three main bus stations in Guilin:

1) Guilin Qintan Bus Station 桂林琴谭汽车站
Add: 31 Cuizhu Road, Guilin 翠竹路31号
Tel: (0773)3832703
Departures ( to Longji ): 7:00-19:00 (every 15 minutes ); 25 yuan

2)Guilin North Bus Station 桂林汽车北站
Add: 76 Beichen  Road, Guilin北辰路76号
Departures (to Longji ): only 4 daily 8:25/11:40/13:40/17:20

3)Guilin South Bus Station 桂林汽车南站
No departure for Longji
Add: West of Kaifeng Road, Guilin 凯风路西侧

How to get to Ping’An Village,  Dazhai Village and Tiantouzhai Village from the Ticketing Office?


If you take a public bus from Guilin to the ticketing office in Longji,  you need to change for a local public bus to go further to each of the villages after you purchase your entry ticket.

If you take a car or van ( less than 9 seats ) to get to Longji Terrace, you can directly drive to each village. But you still need to purchase your ticket at the center before you go to each village.

At present, the official 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 (18km), or further to Dazhai and Tiantouzhai (24km).

It is an hourly bus ride with the bus fare at 40 yuan, a return ticket and valid for multi-days. So keep your bus ticket for a return trip from the villages back to the ticketing office.

All the local public buses come from Longsheng, on to Hepingxian 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’Ancun Village, or Dazhaicun 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’Ancun 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 Dazhaicun (大寨& Tiantouzhai (田头寨)

There is the same parking area and entrance to the two villages 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.  

Dazhaicun Village and Tiantouzhai Village 24 km to the northeast of the Longji Ticketing Office Building.

You may hike from Dazhaicun 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: 55 yuan single and 100 return tickets.

Dazhaicun Village (大寨& Tiantouzhai Village (田头寨)

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.

Follow me to have a virtual tour of Dazhaicun Village and Tiantoucun Village.

The Parking Area by the entrance to Dazhaicun Village and the Cable Car Station.

The Parking Area at Dazhai Village Longji

Take the cable car up the Viewing Platform for a bird’s-eye’s view of the magnificent terraced paddy fields.

Take the cable car at Longji Terraced Paddy Fields

The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces viewed from the Platform No.03.

The Dazhai Village and the surrounding rice terraces

A close-up view of the rice terraces.

close-up view of the rice terraces

The bird’s-eye view of the rice terraces from Panorama House Hotel higher on the mountain.

The bird’s-eye view of the rice terraces from Panorama House Hotel

The Viewing platform No.01 is the best place in Longji to see the sunrise.

The Sunrise at Longji

The sunrise over the terraced rice fields viewed from the Platform No.01.

Longji Rice Terraces Viewed from Platform No.01

The terraced paddy fields known as “Seven Star flying to the Moon”.

Seven Stars flying to the Moon

The  “the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields ” viewed from the Platform No.02

the Thousand Terraces of the rice fields

Recommended Hotels
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 (平安村)?

Many individual trippers favor Ping’Ancun 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 restaurant there.

Ping’Ancun Village 18km to the northeast of the Longji Rice Terrace Ticketing Office (Google)

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 metaphor 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 terraced platform and the watered platform that resembles the Moon, a fantastic view.

The view of “Nine Dragons and Five Tigers ” at Ping’An Village

Nine Dragons and Five Tigers

The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon at Ping’An

The Seven Stars Accompanying the Moon

The Ping’ An Village

The Ping’ An Village

Recommended Hotels
1) Longji Holiday Hotel (龙脊酒店): Tel: 0773 7583545
2) Liqing Hote (丽晴饭店) Tel: 0773 13878352092

Best time to view Longji Rice Terraces

Every year, the end of May and the beginning of June are the good season for viewing the terraces filled with water, when the terraces seem to be a layer of mirror.

The end of July and the beginning of August are all green. The end of September and the beginning of October are good time for viewing the golden yellow terraces.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour- Top 10 Things to do in Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.

Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill) (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
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Best Place to Overlook the City of Guilin

There are four prominent karst hills projecting from Guilin city proper including Folded Brocade Hill, Solitary Beauty Hill, Hubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill. Of all the four karst hills,  I favour Folded Brocade Hill, the highest hill in the downtown Guilin.

Google Map recognizes Folded Brocade Hill as Diecaishan Scenic Spot literally meaning 叠彩山景区 in Chinese ( named after the payers upon layers of its rock formations which resemble folded brocade or silk).

This is the best place to have a panoramic view of the city of Guilin with spectacular views of Li River, Mulong River, Hubo Hill and Solitary Hill with pocket-friendly entrance fee.

How to Get to Diecaishan Scenic Spot

Folded Brocade Hill ( Diecaishan Scenic Spot )  is located about 2.5 km north Rong Lake or Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, along Zhongshan Road 中山路 or Binjiang Road 滨江路, and about 3.5km to the northeast of Elephant Trunk Hill.

The location of Folded Brocade Hill (Google Map)

Opening Hours:
April 1 – November 30 : 06:00-18:30 (latest entry 18:00);
December 1 – March 31, next year : 07:00 — 18:00 (latest entry 17:30)

Entrance Fee: 25 per peron
Tel: 0773-2100660
Address: No.27 binjiang Road, Diecai District, Guilin 桂林市叠彩区滨江路27号

Public Bus: Take Bus No. 2, No. 203, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Sightseeing bus Line 2 and get off at Diecai Shan.

How to Visit Folded Brocade Hill

By the entrance gate you will see the ticketing office – 25 yuan per ticket. Walking from the entrance, you pass through Chicken Blood Jade Museum ( a bit commercial ), then continue to walk past some shops selling little knick knacks and souvenirs at the base of the hill.

Very soon you will see a wooden signpost introducing the different trails you will follow. There are four peaks on the hill including Yuyue Peak于越山, All-Direction-Looking Peak (Siwang Hill) 四望山, Crane Peak 仙鹤山 and Bright Moon Peak 明月山.

You are recommended to hike the Bright Moon Peak ( 明月山), the highest with a spectacular view at the sea level of 223 m and 73 m at the relative height from the base, a 20-minute walk to the hilltop.

It is not a workout to reach the top, but you till need to have strong legs to walk up to the top. If you feel tired, you may take a break along the stair-steps spiralling up to the summit.

Virtual Tour of Diecaishan Scenic Spot

Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill) is not be missed on your Guilin tour. Now follow me to have a glimpse of Folded Brocade Hill.

Actually Fubo Hill is located just a 960-meter south of Folded Brocade Hill, these two hills are officially combined into one scenic area known as Diecai-Fubo Scenic Area. So when you see the road signs, they introduce Diecai-Fobo Scenic Area (叠彩伏波景区) instead of just Folded Brocade Hill.

Fubo Hill is located just a 960-meter south of Folded Brocade Hill (google)

The wooden signpost introducing the different trails both in Chinese and English. You are recommended to hike the Bright Moon Peak for the best bird-eye’s View of the city.

The wooden signpost introducing the different trails

To hike up the hill,  you will first have to go  through a cave known as Wind Cave at the base of Folded Brocade Hill.

you will first have to go through a cave known as Wind Cave

The Wind Cave is worth a close look and there are quite a few Buddhist stone carvings inside the cave. There are about 100 Buddha statues of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties.

The Wind Cave is worth a close look

There are about 100 Buddha statues and 200 stone carvings of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties.

100 Buddha statues and 200 stone carvings

Walk through the Wind Cave, turn right and hike up the stairs of the stone steps leading to the top.

turn right and hike up the stairs of the stone steps

On the hiking route, the zigzag stone stairs allow you to look down or at a distance for diverse views at different heights.  On the top of the Bright Moon Peak, there is a stone tablet inscribed with the words “Reach the top of Folded Brocade Hill, you will live up to 103 years old”.

Reach the top of Folded Brocade Hill, you will live up to 103 years old

The hilltop is relatively open and spacious. There is a pavilion standing on the summit known as  “the Cloud-Catching Pavilion” 拿云亭 built in a round shape, single eave and a pinnacle. The Cloud-Catching Pavilion is the best place to have a panoramic view of Guilin.

The Cloud-Catching Pavilion is the best place to have a panoramic view of Guilin

Looking in the north, you will see Li River on the right side and Mulong Lake on the left side.

Looking at the north

Looking in the south to have a panoramic view of Guilin city, Hubo Hill (by the Li River) on the left and Solitary Beauty Hill on the right.

Looking in the south ( Hubo Hill on the left and left and Solitary Beauty Hill on the right.)

A close-up view of Fubo Hill.

Fubo Hill

A close-up view of Solitary Beauty Hill in Guilin

Solitary Beauty Hill in Guilin

A close-up view of Mulong Lake.

A close-up view of Mulong Lake.

The Li River northeast of Folded Brocade Hill.

The Li River northeast of Folded Brocade Hill.

The Li River southeast of Folded Brocade Hill.

The Li River souteast of Folded Brocade Hill.

Tip:  Hassle-free Guilin Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Guilin:

Guilin Tour
Guilin Private Tour
Guilin Group Tour
Guilin Layover Tour
Beijing Guilin Tour
Hong Kong Guilin Tour
Guilin Car Rental with Driver
Guilin Customized Tour

Further Readings


Guilin Tour – Top 10 Things to do Guilin
Best time to visit Guilin
Where to stay in Guilin
Top 10 Guilin Luxury Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Boutique Hotels
Top 10 Guilin Budget Hotels
Guilin Tourist Scams, Tourist Traps in Guilin
Guilin Taxi

How to Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
Jingjiang Princes’s City to be Skipped
Stroll around Shan Lake and Rong Lake in Guilin
Yangshuo Taxi: Yangshuo Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Li River Cruise
How to Visit Xingping
Impression Liu Sanjie Mega Performance in Yangshuo
Biking through Shili Scenery Gallery in Yangshuo
Yangshuo West Street
Bamboo Rafting on Yulong River in Yangshuo

How to Visit Longji Terraced Rice Fields
Visit Huangyao Ancient Town from Yangshuo or Guilin
Daxu Ancient Town
How to Visit Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge

Any questions, just drop a line.