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Longsheng Travel Guide

About four hours by bus to the north-west of Guilin, close to the border of Guizhou Province, Longsheng features the folkways of the ethnic Zhuangs and Yaos, hot spring sanatoriums, and the world's most spectacular Dragon-Ridge Terraced Fields. Longsheng once was a separate multi-minority autonomous county, inhabited by the Yao, Zhuang, Dong and Miao people, but now is part of the greater Guilin area. Its main attraction is the rice terraces (Longji Titian), called Dragon Backbones by the locals. Also of interest are the small mountain villages among the wooded areas of trees and bamboos, forest reserves and unusual stone formations.

Though the region around Longsheng is covered with terraced rice fields, in the Dragon-Ridge Terraced Fields these feats of farm engineering reach all the way up a string of 800m peaks. They were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by Zhuang people. A half-hour climb to the top delivers an amazing vista. The coiling line spirals up from the mountain foot to the top, making the mountain looks like huge snail seen from afar.

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