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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all the hotels in Guilin City center.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 passlocal 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.


Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Enjoy fantastic aerial views

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

All entrance fees included

Lunch included

Know More about this tour

Expect pickup between 8am and 8:40am depending on your hotel location. It's about a 2-hour drive to the Longji scenic area, and there will be a restroom stop along the way.

You'll arrive at the ticket booth around 11am. Depending on group size, you may need to change bus for the 5-minute transfer to Huangluo Village. Stroll among the local wooden houses and enjoy a performance that shows you how the Yao women who live here brush, braid, and coil their spectacularly long hair in a traditional and beautiful way.

Afterward, drive to Dazhai village. Youcan choose to hike up to the top or take a cable car (at own expense),where the most dramatic rice terrace views are to be found. This is a reasonably challenging hike 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 mighteven be covered in snow.

You'll leave at or before 4pm, depending on traffic conditions, and arrive at your hotel around 6pm.


All taxes, fees, and handling charges


Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces


Cable car fee


Sedan chair fees

Additional Info

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

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 08-Oct-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!

  • 05-Sep-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!

  • 24-Jul-2016

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

  • 13-Apr-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