Situated in the heart of the famous Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an is a charming Zhuang minority village that serves as a traveler hub for the incredible scenery that surrounds it at every turn. It is about 2.5 hours drive from Guilin Airport.
The terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600 m to 800 m above sea level. The coiling 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.
There are two main viewing points in Ping'an—Viewpoint 1, or "Nine Dragons and Five Tigers", and Viewpoint 2, "Seven Stars with Moon", both of which are easily accessible from the main village in a loop that is well signposted and takes about 1.5 hours.
A great way to enjoy the whole of Longji Rice Terraces is to start in Ping'an and then hike across to neighboring Dazhai, a Yao village about 4-5 hours away on foot. You can choose to walk back or take the local bus which takes about 40 minutes. Take some water and snacks with you.