Longsheng Gezu Autonomous County (Longsheng Multi-ethnic Autonomous County) is located in the northeastern portion of Guangxi and it is under Guilin's governance. This area is the centralized hub for about ten ethnic minority groups in northern Guilin including Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong, etc. who thrive on farming and tourism. The governance of the county covers three towns - Longsheng Town, Piaoli Town, Sanmen Town, and seven townships, namely Heping, Sishui, Jiangdi, Madi, Weijiang, Pingdeng and Lejiang.
Longsheng boasts many attractions that have helped build a thriving culture of tourism. A few of its highlights include: Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces located in Heping Township; Longsheng Hot Springs, which originate in the Longsheng Hot Springs National Forest Park and is considered supernatural water by locals - the water that flows from that hot springs is natural mineral water which can be used both medicinally and as drinking water; Huaping National Nature Reserve, which is the largest subtropical evergreen broad-leaf forest and also known for its many waterfalls; Longsheng Nanshan Prairie, which is a natural meadow stretching across Hunan and Guangxi Provinces and famed as 'China Southland's Hulunbeier Prairie (in Inner Mongolia)'.
Visitors typically begin trips to that area from Guilin. Transportation within the county is also convenient, as buses regularly run between the surrounding villages, towns and scenic spots. If you plan on visiting Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, you'll be able to take a bus that transfers only once in Heping Township, and then travels directly to the scenic area.
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|Women of Yao Ethnic Minority |
Visitors are often fascinated by the diverse social customs of the ethnic groups. Local villages have their own refined building styles, dress, and varied customs. Some of the surrounding villages include Jinzhu Zhuang Village, Baimian Yao Village, and Yinshui Dong Village. While traveling around these villages, you may find cafes or teahouses, which often carry local flare and are great places to rest. Many local festivals and celebrations such as Yao's Hongyi Festival, Miao's Jigu Festival, Dong's Xinhun Festival and Zhuang's Niuhun Festival make it a wonderful destination as well.