Located about 100km outside of Guilin, the county of Longsheng is most famous for the Longji Rice Terraces. The rice terraces were first constructed in the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). A mind-boggling feat of agricultural engineering, the seemingly endless rows of rice terraces carved into to the hillsides are said to resemble the rippling scales on a dragon’s back when filled with water, giving the terraces their name, which literally means “dragon’s backbone.”
There are plenty of options for hikes and excursions around the rice terraces depending on how strenuous or adventurous you want to go. There are two distinct villages you can visit, Tiantouzhai and Ping'an. Tiantouzhai is about a 45 minute hike from the Dazhai parking lot and is much less touristy and more scenic than Ping'an, which is more developed and attached to the main road. Although the trip can be done in a day from Guilin, we recommend staying the night in a guesthouse in one of the villages so you can sample some of the local cuisine and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.