Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Trekking Up To Longsheng Rice Terrace
The Longsheng Rice Terraces 龙胜梯田 are located in Longsheng County, about 100 km or 2 hours drive from Guilin, Guangxi, China. And it takes about 45 minutes to trek up the Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields.The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top. The terraced fields were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago.
Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. Visitors standing on the top of the mountain can see the dragon's backbone twisting off into the distance. In an early morning, when the weather is fine, the sunrise on the summit of Longji Rice Terraces is magnificent. They are often considered most beautiful in early June. At this time, water is pumped over the rice paddies and young plants are transferred to the main terrace.