Guilin and Longsheng tour exploring rice fields in rural China

May 3rd, 2006

Guilin city tour visiting Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. Full day tour to rice fields in Longsheng exploring Longji rice terraces, among the heart of rural China living on agricolture. This region in southern China is also known for hosting ethnic minorities, like the Zhuang minority.

Rice fields near Guilin, China Rice fields near Guilin, China
Photos of the scenery over flooded rice fields, visibile while approaching Guilin airport.

 

The typical shape of the mountains around Guilin.

 

Guilin, China Guilin, China
Pictures of Guilin seen from from my hotel room. Guilin is a very green city, with many small lakes and rivers.

 

Elephant Trunk Hill, Guilin, China Fubo hill, Guilin, China
The day tour in Guilin begins from Elephant Trunk Hill (picture on the right), so called because it looks like an elephant while drinking on the river. On the right picture, Fubo hill, a natural hole in a rock.

 

Reed Flute cave, Guilin, China Reed Flute cave, Guilin, China
Reed Flute cave, Guilin, China My Guilin city tour continues visiting Reed Flute Cave having many bizzarre-shaped formations inside. The colors aren't natural, but obtained by colored lamps.

 

Reed Flute cave, Guilin, China Reed Flute cave, Guilin, China
Pictures of Reed Flute Cave in Gulin (China)

 

Bus travel to Longsheng, China Bus travel to Longsheng, China Bus travel to Longsheng, China
With a bus from Yangshuo, I take a full day tour to Longsheng, to see the Longji rice terraces and meet the Zhuang ethnic minority. In the pictures, the mountains around Longsheng.

 

Zhuang minority, China
Pictures of of Zhuang minority. Street vendors of Zhuang minority, before arriving Longsheng.

 

Longsheng and Longji, China Longsheng and Longji, China
Longsheng and Longji, China Pictures of Longji and Longsheng in the heart of rural China, where the economy is based mainly on rice and other products from agricolture.

 

Longsheng and Longji, China
Longsheng and Longji, China
Longsheng and Longji, China
Pictures of Longji in southern China showing the typical homes made entirely with wood.

 

Longsheng and Longji, China Longsheng and Longji, China
Views on the hills all around Longji and Longsheng.


 

Pictures of the roofs.

 

Yao woman, China
Photo of Yao women. Usually they cut their hairs for the first time when they are 18 years old, then only a few times for the entire life. The older hair are kept and used to cover the head again.

 

I start to climb the mountain around Longsheng, to have a birdeye view on the rice terraces and the so called "dragon's backbone", an hill completely covered by terraces hosting rice fields.

 

Pictures of rice terraces in rural China around Longsheng. These huge hills are completely terraced.

 

Rice terraces in China Rice fields in China
Longji rice fields, China Longji rice terraces, China
Photos of terraced rice fields. It is very funny to search for particular shapes and lights, between the terraces.

 

Rice fields panorama.

 

Dragon's backbone, China Rice fields in southern China
Longji rice terraces, China Dragon's backbone, China
Pictures of "dragon's backbone" and rice terraces, flooded and almost ready to start a cultivation cycle. Here the altitude is 1000 meters and the weather is cooler compared to Guilin or Yangshuo. For this reason, the rice can be grown only once per year.

 

Dragon's backbone, rice fields in China
Longsheng rice terraces, China
More pictures of rice fields hosts inside terraces along the slopes of the mountains.

 

Other views on the rice terraces in southern China.


 

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