Longsheng Travel Guide
Close to the Guizhou border, Longsheng is the home to a colorful mixture of Dong, Zhuang, Yao and Miao cultures. The Dragon’s Spine Rice Terraces and hot spring are being the most sacred sights.
Chinese Name: 龙胜
English Name: Longsheng (lóngshèng)
Location: Northeast of Guilin
Latitude: 25°78' N
Longitude:110° 02' E
Area Code: 0773
Zip Code: 541700
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Fenced in on all sides by mountains, the town of Longsheng is situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 100 km away from Guilin. It is a famous tourist spot that is well-known for enchanting scenery, a variety of local specialty products and a colorful panorama of local customs. With a total area of 2,538 square kilometers, the town is inhabited by people of the Yao, Miao, Dong, Zhuang and Han races.
Longsheng town is an enchanting place. The seemingly endless mountains are not only host to a rich variety of plants, animals, and minerals, but also create a wonderful atmosphere of seclusion and stark beauty. Main attractions include Longsheng Hot Spring National Park , Dragon's Spine Rice Terrace and Ping'an Village.
Longsheng Hot Spring, reputed as "a heaven of peace and happiness" and "paradise on earth," is a high quality holiday center. Welling out from the rock cracks halfway up the mountain, the hot spring water is colorless, tasteless, pure and clear, 54-58 centigrade degree temperature, consisting of many trace elements, such as lithium, strontium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and etc.
The Dragon's Spine Rice Terrace is second to none in terms of their natural beauty, and the same can be said of the rugged hills and cliff faces of the Yangmen Gorge, which are even viewable from below to the visitor who chooses to take a ride down the river.
Get around: Buses (Y5) to the hot spring pass through rolling hills sculptured with rice terraces and studded with Yao and Zhuang villages. It’s possible to desert the bus around 6km from the hot spring and take off into the hills for some exploring. Other tourist sights around Lóngshèng include forest reserves and unusual stone formations.
Get away: Buses leave the Longsheng bus station every 10 to 15 minutes for Guilin (Y22, 1½ hours) and express buses depart every two hours (Y15, three hours). Buses depart Longsheng for Sanjiang hourly (Y10, two to three hours).
Located at the subtropical zone, the climate in Longsheng is pleasant all year round though the rainfall is abundant. The average temperature each year is 18.1℃ which make winter not so cold the summer not so hot.
Food and Restaurant
There are many specialties in this multinational place. A must-eat dish in Longsheng is Tuji (Y50/dish) which is cooked from the natural spring in Longji. Some bold visitors can risk the edible insects.
Wanjing Lou: offers accommodations and local dishes. Customers are respected to see the sunrise in the morning here. WIFI is available here.
Address: Dazhai County
Tel: 13877352218 13878353950
Moon Bay Restaurant: specializes in local style cuisine.
Address: Ping’an ZhuangZhai
There are few hotels in Longsheng but a range of inns near the scenery area. When you return from the day’s outing, there are cheap to midrange accommodation, and even cheaper food at its lively night market.
Jinkengda Zhai Hotel:
Address: Jinkeng Terrace Area
Adress: B-district of Dazhai County
Come for the dancing,the Pole Dancing of the Zhuang, the Reed-Pipe Dancing, Bride-Carrying-Water and Long Drum Dancing of the Yao to the Incence Dancing of Miao; come for the food,the fragrant Pearl Oil Tea Of the Miao and the mellow Dragon's Spine Wine of the Zhuang, the Alid Banquet of the Dong and the Bamboo Rice of the Yao, all of which possess their own inimitable ethnic flavor; come for the architecture,the ingeniously-built Drum Tower, the Wind and Rain Bridge of the Dong and the Dras Jiac Tower of the Zhuang; come for any of these, but come anyway, and know that these people's proudest possession is their hospitality, which can make even the simplest scenery wondrous.
Tips for Travel
1. Driving your own car to Longsheng is the best choice for not missing some sights.
2. Don't miss the minority's Singing & Dancing in Longsheng.
3. Visitors are not allowed to go to the thick forest alone.
4. When you are treated to have sasanqua in local family, you need have three bowls once.
5. Inns near Dragon’s Spine Terrace need to be booked in advance.