Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages
  • Full-Day Bus Tour: Longji Rice Terraces and Local Minority Villages

    This 8-hour bus tour covers one of the highlights of Guilin, the famous Longji rice terraces. Discover the unique cultures and traditions of Guilin's tribal minorities, like the long-haired Yao women of Huangluo Village, and their distinctive architecture. Hike along the spine of Longji, or 'Dragon's Backbone', through stunning rice-terrace landscapes and pass local Zhuang and Yao villages. Enjoy lunch at a local farmer's restaurant.
    • At the Long Hair Show at Huangluo Village, please be careful not to go to the stage to join their WEDDING GAME as you might be asked to pay CNY50 to buy a gift for the actress.
    • Traffic jams are expected during holiday seasons, so your time at the scenic spot may be shortened. In this case, you will have no time to climb and have to take cable car instead.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, 80 kilometers from Guilin, Longsheng County 541701 China

    This is a join-in bus tour so you will share the tour with other English-speaking travelers. There will be about 20-40 people in a bus.
    Expect pickup between 7:40am and 8:30am depending on your hotel’s location. The exact pick up time will be informed the night before and the guide will contact you via hotel reception.
    Note: 1) If your hotel is on a small street where our vehicle can’t access, you will need to walk out to the main street; 2) If your hotel is outside of the city center, supplement charge will be required for hotel pick up and drop off.

    It's about a 2.5 hours drive to the Longji Scenic Area (longer time in holiday season).
    Arriving at the ticketing booth around 11am, you will take local shuttle bus to visit Huangluo Yao Village. Stroll among the local wooden houses and enjoy a performance that shows you how the Yao women brush, braid, and coil their spectacularly long hair in a traditional and beautiful way.

    Then continue your journey to Dazhai village (Ping’an Village and Guzhuang Village are alternatives in special occasions). You can choose to hike for about 1-2 hours or take a cable car (at own expense), where the most dramatic rice terrace views are to be found. This is a reasonably challenging hiking and moderate fitness is required.

    Savor stunning views of this crafted agricultural landscape. Depending on the time of year, you may see layers of reflecting watery rice fields, lush green shoots, or a whole swathe of golden rice. In winter, the terraces might even be covered with snow.

    The time to return is about 4pm and you will be dropped back to your hotel around 6.30pm. Please kindly note that the traffic can be extremely bad during the holiday seasons, e.g. Mid-Autumn Festival , Chinese National Day holiday and Chinese New Year.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Children must be accompanied by an adult"
    "Moderate fitness is recommended"
    "Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
    "Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
    "No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
    "For better experience, you will visit Zhuang Village instead of Dazhai Village from 1st to 7th Oct, 2019."
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers"

    • Hora de Inicio8:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
      We pick up from all the hotels in Guilin City center.

    • Duración: 8 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

    No Incluye

    • Cable car fee
    • Gratuities
    • Sedan chair fees
  • 8/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 80%
    Rating basado en 4 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Chris B
      Publicado el Martes, 06 de septiembre del 2016

      Everything you could expect from a standard tour of the Longji villages. Tour guide spoke good English, made the experience pleasant. The performance by the local villagers was entertaining and interesting, followed by a decent lunch before leaving us to freely explore the rice terraces ourselves. The tour was even kind enough to drop us off back in Guilin, next to the bus station. Very helpful. A good trip all round!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Nicole P
      Publicado el Miércoles, 13 de abril del 2016

      The tour guide was very organised. Called the hotel to say he was stuck in traffic and would be 5 mins late. Would be hard to arrange getting to the rice terraces yourself so well worth the money.
      We had a delicious lunch and the rice terraces were beautiful. Overall it was a very enjoyable day

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • domovoj
      Publicado el Domingo, 24 de julio del 2016

      Nice tour, delicious lunch, pick up on time, no forced shopping stops.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Larissa S
      Publicado el Domingo, 09 de octubre del 2016

      Total waste of time and money!
      We have called the agency the day before our tour and they told us our pick up time was 8:30. The next day the concierge called us at 8:05 to tell us that our tour guide is waiting for us. We were picked up by a 7-passenger van. Our group was really nice and we really enjoyed talking to the other passengers on the bus. The tour guide gave some instructions in English along the way until we were stuck in traffic due to nat'l holiday. We weren't moving for a really long time due to an accident and cars of the other lane using both lanes and thereby blocking ours which delayed our journey for at least 2 hours. When we arrived at the commercialized local village and were getting off the van, the villagers already tried to make us buy their products. The long hair show was unauthentic with playback singing and show-smoke. The worst was that the local women wanted all the men to come to the stage to act like they were marrying a local girl. They took my boyfriend along with other men behind the stage where they kind of forced them to buy a bracelet for 50yuan for the local girls. Back on the stage they had to trade the bracelet with the girl into a cheap and small fabric bag. Total scam! Afterwards we had to walk along an alley where even more villagers tried to sell their products. It was so annoying! The food was okay, although nothing special. At 4:30 we finally arrived at the rice terraces and the tour guide kind of forced us to buy cable car tickets at least for a single ride bc we were already so late. We wanted to hike both ways which would have been almost impossible because our van was supposed to leave at 6:30. After we agreed to buy single trip tickets, he set the time to 6pm so we only had 15 minutes to take pictures of the rice terraces at the top which were the reason for us to book this tour. If the traffic is bad, please set priorities and limit the time at the village in order to have enough time at the rice terraces!

        Calificación General: 2/10

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