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Photo Friday: Longji Rice Terraces.
The world is filled with beauty, everywhere you look. From its unique countries and diverse cultures, to the people that call these countries home the world is truly beautiful. But the cherry on top is the infinite amount of stunning scenery that is around every corner and waiting to be seen on your next student tour.
One of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited is the Longji rice terraces in southern China. With educational student tours gaining in popularity to China, now is the time to visit and view these breathtaking vistas before they become commercialized.
Located in Longsheng County, the Longji rice terraces are a two hour drive from Guilin which is in the southern portion of Yunnan Province. My family and I visited the Gold Hollow Red and Jinkeng-Dzahai Villages which are home to the Yao minority. The Yao are very charming with a unique folk culture who make their living by growing rice. Shortly after arriving we began our hike up the hillside to view the spectacular rice terraces that are over 600 years old! Though it was a bit misty, the rain made the hike even more magical.
The Yao minority have done an incredible job making use of the scarce arable land and water resources in this mountainous area. The rice terraces are carved directly into the mountainside which I’m sure was no easy feat. With more than 10,000 hectares of terraced rice fields that bend and weave for as far as you can see, the Ming Dynasty emperor gave the nickname “skillful sculptor” to the Yao people. The flowing lines make for amazing formations that lend to sunning views. The Longji rice terraces have even become a world cultural and natural heritage site.
Rice is a way of life for many in this world, especially in Asia. With that come so many variations of rice fields that are waiting to be seen. Have you ever visited a rice field? Do you want to on your next educational tour? Then let EA Tours help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
Have a great weekend,