About an hour and a half drive out of Guilin you’ll find one of China’s treasures – the Longsheng Rice Terraces. Built 600 years ago these terraces are still used to day and the little village is still home to the minority people. Aaron and I hired a private driver to spend the day or else the other alternative is to take a bus. For a more easy paced time (and to avoid a crowd) we chose the driver. The price was steep for China prices but once you reached the terraces you forgot about money. It was a pretty spectacular day trip!
Visiting the Longsheng Rice Terraces
I read somewhere that a guy recommended spending at least 3 days at the Longsheng Rice Terraces to reallyyy appreciate them. I say spend 3 hours. The terraces were something to be seen but there’s no need to spend the night unless you’re really bent on it. There’s plenty of places to get food and water so don’t fuss to much if you feel unprepared when you go 🙂
The village is being rebuilt and it looks like it will be really nice when it’s done! I always have mixed feelings about construction in historic places like this because it feels like it can take away from the experience and sereneness. Like the magic is cheapened by tacky tourist shops. There is hostels and restaurants you can visit but to be honest everyone in the village is doing their own thing and don’t really pay attention to you walking around unless you want to go to a restaurant or are passing through an alley of trinket shops.
I was really glad we decided to do a day trip because we (Aaron and I) were debating whether we should go or not. Part of me is a little upset because I never got a chance to do a river cruise in Guilin because we go pressured to doing this instead. It was one of those things I feel like you would kick yourself for not seeing so we went for it. And now I’m kicking myself about the river cruise! Can’t win haha.
I was really surprised how quiet it was there as well. There were barely any people walking the terraces so it was really cool to pretty much have it to ourselves. There’s actually two different terrace areas you can see once you pass through the ticket gate but our driver recommend we see this one since the fields were flooded. I guess it can look pretty lacklustre without the water in the patties.
If you happen to be at the terraces in December look for the tadpoles in the patties! It’s kind of weird thinking of rice being grown where frogs are swimming around but it’s still cute! Reminded me of the pond behind my parents house where I would literally spend hours and hours watching and catching frogs and tadpoles!