Situated 55 miles (87 km) northwest of Guiln, is home to a colorful mixture of Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong minorities. Its main attraction does not lie in the town, but not far out of town. Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are located around 15 miles ( 25 km ) away from Longsheng, where you will be rewarded feats of farm engineering going all the way up a string of 2,400 feet ( 800 m ) mountains. The irrigation project was began by the ethnic Zhuang in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and finished by the Qing (1644-1911).
Now, the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces covers an area of 66 square kilometers (about 16308 acres) and spans an altitude between 300 meters (about 984 feet) and 1,100 meters (about 3608 feet). Even though the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces is large, it is made up of numerous patches no more than 1 mu (it is a traditional unit of area in China, currently call shimu) (about 0.16 acres). The outline is very smooth with gradients between 26 degrees and 35 degrees.
Further uphill Zhuang and Yao people two-story cabins are nestled against the breathtaking man-made wonder. The layout of the village mimics the terraces field symmetry, giving an appearance that the houses are stacked on top of one another- an integrated part of the land.