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Longsheng China

Longsheng China is situated in a densely forested area of over 2400 square kilometers and has a population of only 160 000 people. It’s surrounded by mountains in four sides and lies 100 kilometers north of Guilin.

This place and the countryside is classic China, incredibly manicured rice fields, terrace after terrace, an engineering marvel. Quite Stunning.

One of the famous sites to see in Longsheng China is the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces.

There are about 66 square kilometers terraced fields in southeast of Longsheng China.

The Dragon's backbone terrace was first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty as the crystallization of the wisdom and labor of the Zhuang people. The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountaintop, with the highest place of an elevation of 885m and the lowest 380m. The coiling line spirals up from the mountain foot to the top, making the mountain looks like huge snail seen from afar.

Only two kilometers west of Longsheng Town, you will come to the Yinshui Dong Village. It is named after the waterfall that runs down from the mountaintop resembling a long silver chain.

It is said that the village was founded during the Tang-Song dynasties and gained fame due to the hard work of generations of the Dong people. In 1737 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty, Wu Jinyin, the 82nd chief of Yinshui Dong Village, led the Dong people to rise in rebellion with the support of the Zhuang, Miao and Yao peoples against the Qing government.

The Qing government hastily sent troops from neighboring provinces to put down the rebellion. After the failure of this rebellion, the village moved to another place and the original village was abandoned.

In recent years, with the development of local tourism, Dong people were invited to return their home village with the 101st village chief of the Wu clan. In this village, you can see an old drum-tower and the famous Wind and Rain Bridge, which is a unique 76 metre long complex consisting of five pavilions connected by corridors.

The Ma Pang Drum tower 25 kilometers north of Longsheng China is the largest of its kind: It is a 12 meter high wooden construction: a nine-story wooden roof held up by wooden pillars. Such towers (resembling Chinese pagodas) were set up as meeting points in almost every Dong village.

What others say.....read a review by Peter van der Lans on this wonderful area

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