Hiking in Longsheng is the best way to discover China's rich minority culture and admire the stunning rice terraces. Interact with local Zhuang and Yao people to learn about their life style.
Day 01: Guilin to Ancient Zhuang Village and onward to Ping'an, 2.5 hour driving and 3 hour hiking (L)
Your personal guide and driver will pick you up from the appointed spot in Guilin city in the morning around 8:30. The journey starts with a 2.5-hour drive. It never bores you as you will pass rice paddies, villages, food markets and bamboo forest. The view along the way is just as beautiful as you could imagine. Photo stop is applicable whenever possible. The first stop, Longji Ancient Zhuang Village, is well-reserved and recently open to tourists. 700 hundred ethnic residents still live with the most traditional customs and the way of farming. Have a leisurely walk through the village, talk with the local people and visit Zhuang Culture Museum. Then continue to hike all the way to Ping’an Village for about 2 hours. Watch out when walk along the narrow ridge. Relax to have some tasty local food for lunch. How joyful it is to have a glass of iced beer after few hours hiking. This afternoon could be leisure to sit and relax on side of the rice terraces. Wind blows with birds sing. You could also hike up to the top to have a panoramic view of the famous Dragon Backbone Terraces. In the evening, it will be a night away from civilization while sitting in the darkness and looking into the staring sky. Sleep tight and be ready for the next day’s longer hiking.
Day 02: Ping'an to Dazhai Village and onward back to Guillin, 5 hour hiking and 2.5 hour driving (B,L)
Start the 5-hour hiking right after breakfast. Your guide leads you all the way from Ping’an to Dazhai bypass Zhongliu village. The hiking route has been well explored and most roads are paved with stones. The road will take you to different view platforms for great panoramic view of the rice terraces. They are the treasure of the local minority ethnic groups. Have a break on the way. You may also have your packed lunch while seating in the local homes and talking with them. The scenes of farming and the beautiful village scenery will feast your eyes with a pure country life style. Hiking from the half way to the foot of the mountain, you will reach your destination, Dazhai Yao Village. It keeps different dressing style and local dialect. You may visit one of the local houses to see how they make oil tea, a popular healthy drink that is important for locals. A visit to the local primary school is also available if it is school season. Meet your driver at the parking lot. You will be escorted back to Guilin. A foot massage would be a great option after 2 days hiking. Your personal guide will be happy to assist you with the reservation if you are interested in. Service ends by taking you back to the meeting point.