Longsheng Rice Terraces are just outside Guilin in the mountains. If you are looking for the perfect hiking area not far from a large city, Longsheng is the place. One hotel there, the Ping An restaurant and hotel is a great moderate priced hotel with friendly people, great staff and modern facilities. For those looking for a luxury spot to just drink in the beautiful landscapes, the Li An Lodge is pure luxury as well as the cost. The rice terraces were built over 700 years ago and are inhabited by the Zhrung and Yao Minority peoples. In an earlier blog I wrote about the long haired Zhrung women who only cut their hair once in their life time. You can hike through villages seeing life as it is lived from day to day as well as hiking what the locals call Dragon’s Back. For more out door hiking and walking areas in China, keep reading future blogs as I will point out some of the better areas to hike, bike and walk around China. As a China only Tour Planner, I check out new areas to visit during each trip and this will be trip #49 in October. This fall I will be visiting Lanzhou and the Labuleng Monastery at Xiahe, some remote villages in Sichuan province outside Chengdu and then a stop in my favorite small town of LiJiang in the mountains to visit my friend Dr. Ho of world wide traditional medicine fame. Having visited over 600 towns and villages through out China, I never tire of travel in China. There is so much to see and so many changes each year. Check out my web site at