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Longji Terraced Fields

Longji Terraced Fields

Located in Ping'an Village in Heping Town-shp, 23 kilometers from Longsheng County, the scenic zone covers an area of 66 square kilometers. The terraced fields scatter between the heights of 300 to 1,100 meters above sea level and the slope angles are between 26 to 35 degrees, and the biggest angle is 50 degrees. The Longji Terraced Fields were first built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) and were completed in the early Qing Dynasty (1616-1911),which have a history of more than 600 years. The terraced fields have a very large scale, winding from the foot of the mountain to the mountain top with high and low layers. The smaller ones are like snails and the bigger ones like towers.

Longji Terraced Fields

The coiling line that starts from the mountain foot to up to the divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of golden rice in fall, and layers of silvery frost in winter. The terraced fields were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty about 500 years ago.

Four Seasons of the Longji Rice terraces

The Longji Rice Terraces is a beautiful natural picture. The linked together rice terraces vary from season to season.

In spring, the water is irrigated into the fields and the terraces look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides.

When it is summer, green waves rush continuously down the mountainside from the heaven.

The theme of autumn is the harvest, with the mountainside decorated with the gold of ripened millet.

Coming into winter, the whole mountain will be covered with white snow, just like dragons playing with water. The best time for a visit to Longji Terraces is during spring and autumn. During May and June, Rice paddies are just groomed for the planting season and are just a pool of mud and water. It would probably take another 2 weeks before farmers started planting. During Sep. and Oct. the rice fields turn golden and the afternoon sun paints the terraces as fields of gold.

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