Last Saturday, the Chinese Academy took a trip to the Longsheng Rice Terraces (Dragon’s Backbone) (simplified Chinese: 龙胜梯田; pinyin: lóngshèng tītián)
Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) Terraced Rice Fields received their name because the rice terraces resemble a dragon’s scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of a dragon.
In early June, water is pumped over the rice paddies and young plants are transferred to the main terraces, so this is the perfect season to see rice terraces. Our students went for a hike to the top of the terrace. The view is quite a unique experience.
We were having lunch at a nice restaurant and then left to go hiking when our stomach were full.
In spring, the water is irrigated into the fields and the terraces look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides. During the onset of summer, green waves rush continuously down the mountainside. The theme of autumn is the harvest, with the mountainside decorated with the gold of ripened millet. Coming into winter, the whole mountain will be covered with white snow, just like dragons playing with water.
A cute lamb was saying hello on the way to the terrace, so Omer spent some quality time with her. As well as its amazing scenery, Longji is also the area to visit to experience China’s ethnic minorities’ culture. The Zhuang and the Yao nationalities live here, though mainly it is the Zhuang people. The women dress in unique and colorful costumes, singing and dancing. Guests also can join in with them to enjoy the original Zhuang life and culture, and even stay with local families enjoying both the Longji tea and the Longji wine.
Christopher was carrying drinks and luggage. He says “The best way to travel is on foot, lingering longer on the surroundings. He believes that the things that are free, such as this experience, are the best things in life.”