- The terraces belong to Longsheng Town (龙胜), but they include a wide area, being the most recommended those that are located between the villages of Ping’An and Dazhai / JinKeng.
- The village from where the road that leads to the rice fields departs is Heping (和平, which is trying to change its name to Longji Town), where you have to pay the entrance to visit the area.
- 18 km east of Heping is Ping’An, and another 20 km further northeast is Dazhai.
HOW TO GET THERE
- The easiest and most recommendable if we only have one day is an organized excursion; They include transportation from our accommodation to Dazhai and back, as well as the entrance to the rice paddies. From Guilin City takes 2 and a half hours to get there and most hostels organize two types:
- Private, from 350 ¥ per person. It usually allows 2 hours of free time on the terraces, lunch and a visit to ethnic minorities.
- Shared vehicle, from 250 ¥ per person, allows 5 hours of free time and requires a minimum of 5 or 6 people, which should not be difficult to get one or two days in advance, since several hostels usually gather customers. It is the option that we took.
- Most hotels in both villages provide shuttles that pick up their guests by reservation in any of the nearby cities. The most frequent are Dazhai to Guilin (10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm), and Guilin to Dazhai (8 am, 10.30 am and 2 pm); They usually cost 50 ¥. There are similar services to Ping’An.
- From Longsheng there are direct minibuses to the villages. It is 14 km northwest of Heping (the village at the entrance to the scenic area).
- There are at least 6 buses a day to Ping’An. 12 ¥, 7.30 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm, it takes 1h.
- There are frequent buses to Dazhai. 12 ¥, from 8 am to 5 pm, it takes 1h30m.
- From Guilin. Since Guilin is to the south, it is not necessary to reach Longsheng.
- Every 30-40 minutes from 6:50 am to 7 pm from Qintan Station. 2h, 30 ¥.
- And 5 a day (8 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm) from North Station. 2h, 40 ¥.
- We must get off at Heping (you have to tell the driver when you get on the bus so he can tell you) and here change to another minibus that takes Ping’An or Dazhai (another 15 ¥, it is more expensive than if we came directly from Longsheng which is further), so you have to add another hour of travel plus the time it takes to change from one minibus to another.
- In high season there are “express” buses from Guilin Central Station that go direct to Dazhai through Ping’An:
- They save a lot of time, and still take 3 hours.
- 50 ¥.
- 8:30 am, 9:30 am and 2 pm.
- They also make the trip in reverse, the last one leaves at 4 pm.
- By taxi (400 ¥) or rented car it takes 90 minutes to Heping.
- From Yangshuo: there are also express buses since 2017. 70 ¥, 4 hours. If we do not use them, we will have to go to Guilin.
Move from one village to another:
- There are minibuses between the villages and a path that allows you to walk from Dazhai to Ping’An or vice versa in 4h. If you walk from one village to another and want to return to the first by minibus instead of continuing to Longsheng, you have to take one (12 ¥) first to Èrlóng Bridge, and then another (8 ¥) to Píng’An, and the same in the opposite direction.
- Private vehicles can not enter the villages. Near each of them there is a parking and you must take a minibus. Shuttles from hotels do have permission to access to the entrance of accommodations.
Visit the rice fields:
- There is a cable car in the east of Dazhai, it reaches the Golden Buddha Peak. Operative from 9 am to 5 pm, it costs 70/120 ¥ one way / round trip.
- From the villages, to see the rice fields you have to walk, or hire palanquins. There are also people who offer to carry backpacks for about 25 ¥ a day. The terrain is high and a certain degree of physical shape is required. Not all hotels in high areas have access through the new lanes, to many you can only walk up, to take into account when carrying your luggage, we have witnessed people having a really bad time carrying their wheeled-suitcases up on muddy footpaths and cobblestone stairs.
- The area is well signposted with poles and maps on panels.
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