What it is:
Longsheng is located in the Guangxi Region, along with Guilin and Yangshou. The county is considered one of China’s most scenic gems but bears little resemblance to the nearby mountains and rivers of Guilin and Yangshuo. Longsheng is most famous for the Lingji rice terraces, man-made terraces which have become very much part of the scenery. With a name that translates to “Dragon’s Backbone”, the county lives up to its name with dramatic, curling shapes cloaking the hills. Along with awe-inspiring landscape, Longsheng is home to approximately 10 ethnic minority groups, all of which live in different villages with various intriguing cultures and backgrounds.
Split into two areas, the Lingji rice terraces are divided among the Ping’An terrace fields and the JinKeng terrace fields, each with their own villages and communities. Here you’ll not only find beautiful terraces, but you’ll also have the chance to meet some of China’s ethnic minority groups – including the Zhuang and Yao.
How to get there:
There is no airport in Longsheng so visitors need to fly to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport and then take a bus to the county.
Because of Longsheng’s remote location, there are not many direct buses to the area. The best way to reach Longsheng is to make your way to Guilin city centre. From here, there are frequent buses to Longsheng from the General Bus Station, operating from 06:50 to 19:00, every 30-40 minutes.