Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
in Pingan, Longsheng County
unforgettable experience: hike in the magnificent rice
discover minority villages, and spend a
night at a beautiful wooden farm house.
four-hour bus ride from
Things to know: Pingan is the Zhuang village located
in the Longji Terrace Fields (Dragon's Backbone Rice
Terraces). Jinkeng Rice Terraces have several beautiful
Yao villages including Dazhai and Xiaozhai.
Itinerary: (See Map) Go first to Jinkeng, spend
one day to visit several beautiful villages including
the viewpoint, Dazhai, and Xiazhai. (Trail No. 5). The
second day, walk from Jinkeng to Pingan (Trail no. 3,
around 4 hours) and stay overnight in Pingan. The third
day, walk from Pingan to Golden Zhuang Village via Old
Zhuang Village (Trail No. 4, around 3 hours.) You can
catch the bus for Longsheng on the road near Golden
Zhuang Village. Detailed Guide
Getting there /
Guilin --> Longsheng (Heping) -->
Yangshuo has one bus leaving early
in the morning for Longsheng. Otherwise you can go first
to Guilin. Guilin Bus
Station has non-stop express buses and normal buses
leaving for Longshen every 15 minutes. There are also
buses every half an hour connecting Longsheng either to
Pingan or to Jinkeng. It takes one and half hours from
Longsheng to Jinkeng (33km, Y7.-).
Option: If you take a normal Longsheng bus from Guilin,
you can get off at Heping (15km before Longsheng) and
wait for the Longsheng-Jinkeng bus or Longsheng-Pingan
bus at Heping instead of changing the bus in Longsheng.
Anyway it takes only 10 minutes by bus from Heping to
parking, bus descends to the main road in the lower
river valley, passes Huanglo, Heping and goes further to
Longsheng. Check the schedule in the hotel. To go back
to Guilin, ask the driver to drop you off in Heping and
wait for a bus from Longsheng to Guilin. Normally you
would not wait for more than half an hour.
backpackers go to Longshen and take a bus from there to
further plunge into Sanjiang Dong Minority County and
discover the wonderful Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge.
(See Iitinerary From
Yangshuo to Kaili)
Spring is the best
time to visit Pingan. A fan of photography should come
at this time when the amazing green rice terraces are
filled with water.
Autumn offers a
different color of the striking rice terraces.
Comments: Pingan is frequented by tourists
from Guilin. Jinkeng is still isolated and more
beautiful. Avoid Pingan during the weekends. Entrance
fee: Y50 including both places.
days: First morning for the road. Afternoon hike
for route 1 and route 2.
Second morning hike for
route 3, afternoon trip to Longsheng / back to
2. Three -
Based on the two-day trip, add one
or two days to visit Dazai, Xiaozai, proposed by trek
route 3 and 5.
In 2002, most
of traditional wooden houses in Pingan were
transformed to simple lodges. I stayed at Longying Hostel
photo).It offered simple clean
rooms for Y15/per bed with a fairly good view (see right
photo), and a public shower bathroom with hot water and
Tell the friendly hostess what you want for
breakfast: pancakes, rice soup, or noodles, so that she
can prepare in advance. As
for her family, they usually take copious dishes in the
morning: meat, vegetables and rice in order to get enough energy to work in the fields. While I was enjoying the
delicious pancake as my breakfast, six locals gathered at a round table
piled with more than 10 dishes, meat
vegetables and wine. As for dinner, go to their kitchen
to see what they have: fresh vegetables, tofu, and meat,
order what you like. Their chicken tastes quite good,
much more tasty than those in the big cities.
Longying Hostel, enter into the village, take the stone
path turning to the left, in the direction of no.2
*** In 2008, Pingan was packed with mass tourists coming from Guilin for one-day-excursion. Meals were ridiculously expensive.
Accommodations in Jingkeng:
There are a lot of
family-run hostels in Jinkeng except Xiaozhai. The
guesthouse Quanjinglou situated at the highest Viewpoint in Jinkeng,
overlooking rice terraces and beautiful traditional Yao
villages, offers the best view. Clean dormitory rooms:
Y20 per bed, shared bathroom and good restaurant. The
owner can arrange the guide for you to walk to Pingan:
Y40/ per day. (price indication as per our 2005 visit).
Xiaozhai is worth a visit, as it has
not been developed to a tourist site. It takes two hours
to walk from Quanjinglou to Xiazhai. There is no
restaurant in Xiaozhai.
Photo Albums: Pingan, Jinkeng Rice Terraces
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Longsheng in 2002， 2005， 2008. © copyright: chinabackpacker