Photography by Xue Feng
The most amazing rice terraces in China – Longsheng or Longji (Dragon’s Backbone) – are located in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China.
The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600 to 800 metres (2,000 to 2,600 ft) above sea level. A coiling terrace line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of rice in fall, and layers of frost in winter. The terraced fields were mostly built about 650 years ago.
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 the dragon. (Wikipedia)
Longji is a place where you can experience China’s ethnic minorities’ culture. 27 of 55 Chinese minority groups reside in the Guangxi Province.
Currently working as a freelancer graphic designer, Xue uses the freedom to experiment with different lifestyles by living among cities of Japan and China while having Toronto as the third base of operation.
Art and design, together accompanied with travelling as the by-product, have helped her interpret the world with different sets of acquired aesthetics. The magnificence of nature and the abundance of various cultures have inspired Xue to practice design as a way of celebration of life experience.
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