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Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces

It took hundreds of years to construct a mountain of rice terraces which today reaches ap to 900 m above sea level

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Longsheng or Longji terraced rice fields are something special to observe while in China. The most spectacular views can be captured during spring and early summer, that is mid-April to mid-June, when all the terraces are deliberately flooded, starting from the top rows set 900 m above sea level to the lowest ones at the foot of the terraced mountains. A famous scenic spot is located near the village of Dazhai, just outside Longsheng.

Get up with the sun at about 6 am, and you will be carried away by the panoramas spreading in front of you. The water in descending paddies will reflect sky with the morning sun—and this is a heavenly beautiful picture. Besides, that cool fresh morning air contributes to the general impression.

Get acquainted with any of the local minority families who take care of the fields. Their ancestors spent hundreds of years to construct these amazing rice growing grounds. The people are very friendly and hospitable; they are likely to allow you to stay in for a night and treat you to some delicious genuine foods, naturally with rice as a component.

If you come in spring, you can also observe the elaborate process of rice planting, which often can't do without pure human power, as some of the terraces are too narrow for a horse or a buffalo to get through.

In summer you'll find the terraces green, and in autumn the paddies will be golden with ripe rice grains. You are welcome to explore the area anytime between mid-April to mid-November. Winter months are usually too cold and might get snowy,

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