In the northernmost part of Guangxi province, up along a winding road more harrowing than most, are the fabled Longji Rice Terraces — also known as The Dragon’s Backbone. The name comes from their appearance: like scales on the flanks of a giant dragon lying coiled in the hills. There are actually several terraces connected by trails in the area, and the intrepid traveler can walk the lot with an investment of several days’ time.
And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growin’ brown and golden under a sinkin’ sun.” – Roy Bean
After a week relaxing and exploring in the Yangshuo and Xingping areas, I was ready for a change of scenery and a proper hike. The Longji Rice Terraces gave me those and more, and I spent several days in Tiantou Village before hiking all the way to Ping’an.