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2-Day Guilin Tour to Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Guilin City, Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces is the paradise for backpackers and shutterbugs to see the most beautiful rural landscape of Guilin. Please follow this two-day independent Guilin tour to fully explore the rural scenery by visiting two villages of the scenic area: Dazhai Yao Village and Ping'an Zhuang Village.
Day 1 Guilin - Dazhai Yao Village Rice Terraces
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Take a long-distance bus from Guilin Qintan Bus Station to Longsheng County; get off at the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in the midway. The duration takes around 2h.

Upon arrival, exchange to a sightseeing bus of the scenic area to the Dazhai Yao Village Rice Terraces. You may take a cable car near the entrance to the 'Golden Buddha Peak'. After that, walk along the stone-paved path to the 'Seven Stars Chase the Moon' and 'Thousand Ladders to the Heaven'. En route, you will pass by Tiantou Village where you can check in a hostel and have lunch. After visiting the two spots, walk back towards Tiantou Village and continue to head north to view the sunset at 'Music from Heaven'. Then, go back to the hostel in Tiantou Village.

Highlights of Dazhai Yao Village Rice Terraces:
The four spots occupy the high position of each area. Standing at the viewing platform, you can have a full view of the surrounding scenery. These terraces are like a shining stairway from the foot of the hill leading to the top. Residences of local Yao people are dotted among the wide terraces, making it like a set that can only be seen in fairy tale movies.

Accommodation Suggestion:
Wanjinglou Guest Hostel Tel: 18276311080 Both near the 'Music from Paradise'
Meijinglou Inn Tel: 0773 - 7585678
Notice: Book either of the hostels one day in advance and you can reserve seats of a through bus from Guilin to Dazhai Village via the hostel. The bus fare is CNY 50 for a single trip. The boarding point is at Hong Kong Hotel, 300 meters (330 yards) west of Guilin Railway Station. Or, you may follow the bus route mentioned above to reach the scenic area from Guilin Qintan Bus Station.

Cost for Day 01:
Guilin - Longsheng bus ticket: CNY 30 or so
Admission Fee of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: CNY 95
Sightseeing bus: CNY 40 for a round trip
Cable Car: CNY 70 for a single trip
Accommodation: CNY150~200 for a standard room
Day 2 Dazhai Yao Village - Ping'an Zhuang Village Rice Terraces - Guilin
Zhuang People, Longsheng
Get up at around 4:30 and hike to the viewing platform of 'Music from Heaven' to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Then return to your hotel to check out and go downhill to the entrance gate of Dazhai Village. Take the sightseeing bus to Ping'an Zhuang Village Rice Terraces. Hike along the stone-paved path to 'Nine Dragons and Five Tigers' and 'Seven Stars with the Moon'.

After finishing the visit of Ping'an Village, take the sightseeing bus to the gate of the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces and wait for a bus back to Guilin by the road.

Highlights of Ping'an Zhuang Village Rice Terraces:
Nine Dragons and Five Tigers Seeing from the viewing platform, you will find the nine mountain ranges there looking like nine dragons bending over to drink water. Near them are five small hills, resembling five tigers squatting on the ground.
Seven Stars with the Moon It is praised as the essence of the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces. Here you will see the hill with a big paddy field on the top surrounded by seven smaller hillocks. It can definitely be a highlight of your two-day independent Guilin tour.

Cost for Day 02:
Longsheng – Guilin bus ticket: CNY30 or so
 More Related Itineraries:

Yingxi Mountain Forest: 2 days, Feixia scenic spot, Yingxi Mountain Forest, The Third Tribe Ancient Yao House.

Yangshuo Bicycle Routes: biking along Ten-Mile Gallery.

Crown Cave: 2 days to Mausoleums of Jingjiang Princes, Yao Mountain, Crown Cave and Gudong Waterfall.

Questions & Answers
Asked by JJ from USA | May. 06, 2014 17:18Reply
How much time do you need for the Confucious temple?
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Answered by David | May. 06, 2014 20:01

It takes around one hour for you to visit the Confucious temple.
Asked by Stacy | Dec. 27, 2012 23:56Reply
Do you know many buses go from GongCheng to Guilin each day and what the times are?
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Answered by Kelly | Dec. 30, 2012 06:35

There are many regular and fast buses available from Gongcheng to Guilin each day. The earliest one departs at around 06:30 and the last one departs at around 18:20. I suggest you take the fast buses, which leave every hour from 07:30 to 18:20.
Asked by Stacy | Dec. 15, 2012 18:38Reply
How do you get from the busy station to the temple?
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Answered by Adam | Dec. 16, 2012 07:57

Hi, you may go to the Confucius Temple from Gongcheng bus station by taxi. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes and the fare is within CNY30.
Asked by choo mea nah from MALAYSIA | Aug. 04, 2011 06:15Reply
When is persimmon season in Gongcheng ?
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Answered by Gonzalez | Aug. 04, 2011 06:40

The mature season of persimmon is from early Oct to late Nov, when people in Gongcheng will hold "Gongcheng persimmon Festival".
Asked by choo mea nah from MALAYSIA | Aug. 04, 2011 06:13Reply
What is the date of the 2012 gongcheng plum blossom festival?
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Answered by Henry | Aug. 04, 2011 06:30

Generally it will be around March. The date might be adjust according to the weather then.
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