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Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi

Folded Hills of Longsheng
It’s hard to believe as I pour a cup of crisp white grains into boiling water that they began their journey to the stove in a place as serene as the terraced hills at Longsheng, outside Guilin, China. The Longji rice terraces cover the rolling hills in brilliant green, fading into a blue haze. All around is the sound of water running through a series of troughs from one terrace down to another, down to another. A local woman with a traditional style of hair, uncut since birth, will guide you through the gentle beauty of the terraced maze. For me, I’ve never looked at rice quite the same again.

Longsheng, Guilin, Guangxi, China