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Introduction

Rice Terraces

Rice Terraces

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Longsheng is a small city in the south central Chinese province of Guangxi. It is the major gateway to the Longji (Dragon's Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields. Longsheng is under Guilin's governance, around 80 kilometres away from Guilin city. Longsheng is a county for about ten ethnic minority groups in northern Guilin including Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong, etc. who thrive on farming and tourism. There are three towns - Longsheng Town, Piaoli Town, Sanmen Town, and seven townships, namely Heping, Sishui, Jiangdi, Madi, Weijiang, Pingdeng and Lejiang.

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Sights and Activities

  • Longji Rice Terraces - There are layers of rice terraces on the mountainous. They were built since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). May travelers visit the area to view the rice fields winding from riverside up to mountain top. The best months to view rice terraces are of April/May, or Sep & Oct.
  • Longsheng Hot Spring - it is said that hot springs contain numerous mineral elements that are good for the body and skin and attracts many tourists for relaxing trip there.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airport is in Guilin.

By Bus

Regular buses connect Guilin with Longsheng, taking about 2 hours.

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Getting Around

By Foot

There are some villages on the half of mountain, so one need to walk on foot to explore the villages and rice terraces nearby like Ping'an village, old zhuang village. There are cable car in Dazhai village so that travelers can go up to mountain top.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Jing Keng GuesthouseTiantou Zu, Dazhai Village Heping TownGUESTHOUSE93
Liqing HotelLongji Riceterraces Pingan VillageHotel89
LongJi International Youth HostelPing'An Village (Long ji Terraces) Heping TownshipHOSTEL80
Dazhai Dragon's Den Hostel in Rice TerracesTian tou zhai, Dazhai VillageHOSTEL90
Tian Ran Ju InnTiantouzhai Village Dazhai TerraceGUESTHOUSE90

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.

Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.

When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.

If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.

Post

China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.

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