The rice terraces of Longsheng are stunning. There is a reason for the incredible buildup of tourist traffic that has come through the region and the fact that the landscape is both gorgeous and extensive helps to create a land away from the normal cityscapes of China. It is not separate from the standard over-dramatic pageantry that is Chinese tourism. Costumes, dances, invasive tours of ancestral homes and enough concessions vendors for Wrigley.
Water has pooled into one of the terraces near the top hill.
Rice terrace valleys stretch down the Dragon’s Backbone.
Local homes and businesses climb up a valley between rice terraces.
The sun crept out from behind the clouds long enough for me to snap this shot.
A child stands on the sidewalk of a quickly growing tourist town on the way to the top of the rice terraces.
A woman walks from the regional bus toward the local tourist bus.
A cluster of homes and businesses is nestled in a valley between rice terraces.