Jinkeng Terraced Fields
The beautiful Jinkeng Rice Terraces is a
import part of the Longji Rice Terraces, it gets its
name because the rice terraces area find gold (jin)
mines, and the local topography looks like a big pit
(keng), hence the rice terraces name with Jinkeng.
Jinkeng Rice Terraces Fields, around 30
km away from Longsheng County downtown, is a Yao minority
inhabited area with several Yao villages. The area comprises
Dazhai village, as well as 5 smaller hamlets, including
Tiantou village higher up the mountain.
For Jinkeng rice terraces, the 66-square-km
network irrigation project was began by the ethnic Zhuang
in the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), and finished by the
Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Travelers would be rewarded
feats of farm engineering going all the way up a string
of 2400 feet (800 m) mountains. The first village lying
at the foot of the mountain is Dazhai Village. Further
uphill, there are two-story cabins of Yao people nestling
against the magnificent man-made wonder. The layout
of the village mimics the symmetry of rice terraces,
appearing like the houses are stacked on top of one
another. Wander around the village, travelers may feel
the local lifestyle and unique culture of this Yao minority.
Climbing up the hill, travelers would arrive at Tiantouzhai
Village, which present a panoramic view of the whole
area of Jinkeng Rice Terraces.
For beautiful contour-map-like Jinkeng terraces,
there are 3 main scenic spots of - No. 1 Scenic Spot
(West Hill Shaoyue), No. 2 Scenic spot (Thousand-layer
Ladder to the Sky), and No. 3 Scenic spot (Golden Buddha
The best time to visit the villages
in Jinkeng terraced rice area is in May and June, when
the amazing green rice terraces are filled with water;
in September and October, it offers a different color
of the striking rice terraces.