The Longji terraces area is famous for the excessively large number of terraced rice paddy fields on its mountain, which have created an intricate pattern on the hillsides. Set amongst the villages of the minorities Zhuang and Yao, the area allows for easy to moderate walking/hiking possibilities along and up hillsides to view the panoramas of the terraced rice fields, as well as glimpse the rural life and style of architecture found in the forest-fringed villages.
Longji means 'Dragon Backed Mountain'. When the paddies are full of water in spring, it is said to resemble the scales on the back of a dragon. The fields are beautiful all year round, in the early stages when filled with water, and as the rice grows and matures, changing colours as it does so. Winter may also see snow. Rape flowers are also to be seen in some parts and in some seasons, and along the journey here, there is forest-clad steep-sloped mountain scenery to be taken in.
Longsheng is home to four minority nationalities: Miao, Yao, Dong and Zhuang. The Yao and Zhuang nationalities live in Longji. The Yao have distinctive clothing and hair styles which set them apart from other ethnic groups. Yao women are famous for having the longest hair in the world. They never cut their hair. Instead they wrap the hair in a bun on top of their head in a style resembling an Indian turban.
We spent the whole day in Longji walking around the terraces and although the weather was a little bit foggy I managed to take couple of photos. It was however a shame that the wide panorama picture was out of question because of the lack of visibility in the valley.
Another view of the valley I have posted few pictures before.
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mesutilgim (79394) 2014-03-16 5:47
Hello dear Kamila,
Another nice capture in your gallery of those rice fields after crop.
Very good pov and layout.Nice framing and many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice wekeend
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-16 5:56
Hello Kamila - it seems we've seen a lot of photos of these terraces, or ones like them, recently. And that's certainly not a complaint, as they're amazing and wonderful photography subjects. Shooting them in less than ideal weather has worked beautifully here; the diffused light really brings out the colors, while the rain has created a wet glow to the FG. The house itself is perfectly placed as well. I imagine you never run out of good perspectives in a place like this, but the one you chose here is excellent!
ktanska (23922) 2014-03-16 6:20
Excellent view of those terrace fields on steep mountain slopes. The foreground clearly shows how water is essential for rice and how important it is to maintain those terraces. That must be even more hard work over there than on flatlands.
photoray (9867) 2014-03-16 7:15
Attractive Longji rice terrace scene, revealing the stubble up close then the plants flowing and following the hilly contours, every inch of Earth being utilized.
Subdued light enhances the resolution and natural colors.
Nicely created and composed,
dta (62392) 2014-03-16 8:17
Hello Kamila ,
A splendid rural landscape , with amazing terraces fields . I like especially the atmosphere provide by the hamrmious tonalities .
Fis2 (81530) 2014-03-16 8:22
Ladne spojrzenie na te pola ryzowe.
Dla mnie to egzotyka wiec patrze z ciekawoscia.
Kolorystyka robi wrazenie.
adramad (34939) 2014-03-16 9:02
I love the great POV, you have accomplished these beautiful rice fields, with the first plane where we clearly see the elevations to hold water and plant stumps, perfect whimsical curved shapes that are doing the plots, even to the top of the hills, the house on the corner is an exquisite touch to a very attractive composition.
Magnificent this range of soft colors.
Very well run sharpness and optimum sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice Sunday.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-16 9:18
zawsze jak widze te pola ryzowe to podziwiam tych ludzi jak je uprawiaja ciezka praca,ladna naturalna kolorystyka i dobry kadr,pozdrawiam
npecanhuk (60192) 2014-03-16 9:19
Hi Kamila! A very interesting and beautiful picture, with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition! Tfs, Congrats ! Neyvan
papagolf21 (82978) 2014-03-16 9:30
Merci de nous offrir de si beaux paysages "exotiques".
L'image est édifiante et très intéressante.
Félicitations pour cette très belle prise de vue.
holmertz (36451) 2014-03-16 9:36
Another one of your fascinating Chinese views. This is a wonderful rural environment and a well composed photo with the diagonal lines of the fields in the fg and the rounded shapes of the terraces in the bg. The brownish tones actually remind me of some of my old scans where I didn't manage to find the correct colours, or the colours had faded, but in this case I am convinced these are the natural colours on this grey day in winter.
ikeharel (51495) 2014-03-16 9:48
Beautiful captured the rice-fields terraces, from the closet in the FG, and to the far hills beyond.
An irrigation system that worked effectivly for centuries, inspie of what looks as an ancient technique.
Fine shot, good DOF and clarity.
Have a nice week ahead,
yquem46 (38378) 2014-03-16 9:52
Another good one in your series from China
Nice compo, layer after layer and the house well placed
have a nice sunday, all the best
rychem (18869) 2014-03-16 10:17
Najczesciej ogladamy pola ryzowe zalane woda, u Ciebie nie woda dominuje, a i tak daja wspanialy efekt graficzny, piekne ujecie
macjake (51418) 2014-03-16 10:36
capturing rice fields in China is on everyone's photo list i think :)
you may not have been able to capture your wide angle shot you wanted, but hey...that just gives you an excellent excuse to go back again :)
love that you included the building on the right, gives scale and something to relate too as well.
I think the damp looking atmosphere worked well.
Silvio1953 (115145) 2014-03-16 12:59
Ciao Kamila, great POV on fantastic fields, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (100367) 2014-03-16 13:19
Un paysage extraordinaire, magnifique, bien composer avec d'agréable couleurs, très jolie
PaulVDV (20233) 2014-03-16 14:01
The Longji terraces are world famous. One day I also like to go there.
We have already seen many pictures of the terraces and none from all images is ever boring.
But I believe it's the first time that I see them in these colours. The brown tones make the sight really special.
An excellent composition with the lines of the terrace boundaries running in all directions.
Good inclusion of the house just in front of the deep.
Best regards, Paul
tedesse (25045) 2014-03-16 17:28
Wspaniale pokazany ten egzotyczny krajobraz!
Super kolory i doskonala ostrosc.
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-03-16 22:22
Remarkable shot of the rice fields.Nice colors and good sharpness.TFS.
jjcordier (72640) 2014-03-16 23:44
Ce paysage de rivière est superbement mis en image dans cette très bonne composition. La lumière est excellente.
timecapturer (44469) 2014-03-17 3:42
a fascinating shot this. I love the way you have composed it so that we get a real idea of the setting and obvious industry that must go into cultivating and harvesting this crop. Glorious detail and eye-catching curves. An amazing image, I love it.
Have a good week - B.
SnapRJW (28909) 2014-03-17 3:57
Hello Kamila - What I particularly like about this shot is the fact that you have included a close view of the harvest rice plants in the FG. This aspect gives a very good idea of how the plants are placed in the terraces and makes a good counterpoint to the more distant view. Beautifully managed and even the dull weather doesn't detract from this attractive scene.
Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2014-03-17 6:04
This place is really magical, the y the land has Ben manipulated for farming like this is incredible. You have chosen a really fine view here.and composed the scene in a magical way. I find it really hard to make a photo with no sky, but your result here is superb.
Thanks as always
lousat (71435) 2014-03-17 16:50
Hi Kamila,truly a great spectacle,this isn't a pic,this is a peinture! Magnificent landscape with the typical oriental rice fields,the best details and colors from the best point of view.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ChrisJ (94426) 2014-03-17 17:28
Looks like a drier version of the Bali rice terraces in Indonesia. Wonderful repetition of the contoured patterns and shapes of the rice terraces which are difficult to do justice to. I also saw some in the Philippines. Good sharpness and a nice angled pov with fine reflections in the bottom left and the farmhouse top tight adding interest. Tfs!
Subhogen (4063) 2014-03-18 0:53
Nice view of the terraced rice fields from China. I like the inclusion of the hay stubs to create FG interest. Excellent light and colour management in not so favourable situations. We have similar rice fields in the hilly regions of India as well, I guess these kind of terraced fields ensures optimal use of less available fertile land. Good one, thanks for sharing.
chrislo (4149) 2014-03-18 2:20
Your well chosen viewpoint provides a nice view of these terraced paddies. I like the graphism provided by the various enclosed patchwork fields. The mingled colours of green and brown work well to give an artistic quality to the scene. Nice sense of depth and well placed house that makes a fine focal point in your composition. Very well captured.
Nicou (115336) 2014-03-18 6:28
Avec la maison en fond à droite quelle vue et vagues de champs quelle forme ces champs sueprbe compo et vue et ces tons ces couelurs très douce quel panroama et vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (25898) 2014-03-18 8:50
We look at towns and cities and immediately see how man has affected the natural land but it is also true of many areas of the countryside. This is just such an example. I am not complaining about the appearance, for I find it very attractive, just that it is very man-made.
Your photograph is beautifully composed with angular lines across the f/g, giving way to other shapes and a strongly placed house in the b/g. The colours are nicely saturated and the exposure perfectly sharp.
A lovely shot and one so different from my homeland.
My warm regards,
emka (72278) 2014-03-18 10:31
Chciałabym zobaczyć te słynne tarasy. Zwykle widziałam je na zdjeciach zielone i wypełnione wodą, ale wym jesiennym wydaniu tez prezentują sie pięknie. to najpiekniejszy region Chin, równiż ze względu na te mniejszości narodowe.
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-03-18 11:34
kolejna wyprawe do Azji moglbym spedzic tylko na szukaniu ai fotografowaniu takich tarasow.Sa piekne i do tego niesamowicie polozone.
Podoba mi sie twoj kadr-swietny pomysl z dosyc niska perspektywa(co znowu rezultuje naprawde ciekawym pierwszym planem)
A poza tym-kolorystyka zdjecia,ktora wnosi bardzo duzo do klimatu sceny.
ourania (25532) 2014-03-18 13:10
your composition with the house well placed in a tightly cropped frame is effective and special. There's superb depth and a fascinating play of lines, curves and perspectives that describe the particular character of the scenery and keep the viewer's eyes delightfully busy. I love the richness of the natural colours and the reflections that bring interest and light at the start of this wide view. The landscape has been formed like an artwork, the view is suggestive and captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Romano46 (16578) 2014-03-18 14:20
Ciao cara Kamila
la tua Cina non finisce di incantarmi.
Anche in questa foto alla composizione impeccabile si unisce una nitidezza ed una cura del colore di alto livello.
Ciao e buona serata
jhm (134498) 2014-03-19 6:30
Thank you very much to your interesting note.
A lovely panoramic view about these nice area with these rice fields as subject.
Excellent perspective and depth picture with pleasant original colours.
A nice composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
abmdsudi (38862) 2014-03-19 8:34
A lovely image, excellent wide-angle scenic capture of the rice filed with superb warm color, clarity, & comp. I'm intrigued by angle taken from an elevated position onto a wide sweeping view. Well done, TFS
subhendu_bagchi (25111) 2014-03-19 9:02
a nice frame is here. I like your presentation a lot. The step farming is superbly depicted here with outstanding depth and sharpness. Love the muted colours. Great picture quality and composition. Tfs.
Kielia (22913) 2014-03-19 9:28
what an interesting and pleasant photo! Very fascinating and natural colors, a great perspective and really very beautiful. I have already seen many photos of this region here but I like your approach on this famous landscape a lot. My compliments also for the notes!
Sonata11 (33087) 2014-03-19 13:45
przepiekna praca pieknie wykonane zdjecie. Interesting landscaping. Magnificent work.Naprawde cudowne zdjecie. Moje gratulacje. Serdecznie cie pozdrawiam,
Oceania (4488) 2014-03-20 6:57
You had such adventure in China. I like your China themed pictures. Please keep posting.
The first lady of the United States is in China now, not with the President Obama, but with her mother and two daughters. They will visit Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu.
danos (82673) 2014-03-20 10:33
great the panoramic view of the rice fields on the hill with everything to be green.The house is placed perfect in the frame as overlooking the erea.Excellent the light and the colour management of the scene.
nikkitta (12788) 2014-03-20 14:42
Must be a true joy to walk, hik in this area, watching rural scenes and capturing impresive landscapes like these terrace rice fields
Good composition where I can also see some reflections at ckthe front in contrast with the house at the back
Very informative, introducing note, congrats
Giustiniani (2427) 2014-03-20 15:19
un magnifique paysage très bien mis en valeur. Très belle capture!
pajaran (47848) 2014-03-20 23:58
Interesantan i dobar tekst o poljima pirinca, lep pogled ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina, kontrast i eprspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto sa pirincanim poljima, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa polja na terasama.
Tezak je posao poljoprivrednika na proizvodnji pirinca.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the rice fields, beautiful view ...
Good shot, sharpness, contrast, and eprspektiva, nicely demonstrated place with rice fields, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, beautiful fields on the terraces.
It's hard work of farmers in rice production.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-21 1:57
Beautiful picture of the rice fields. The part of step farms is just wonderful.
Great colors and light.
dip (23512) 2014-03-21 6:29
very nice capture of the rice fields with all these interesting textures and the amazing green tones,
a really wonderful scenery!
thanks for sharing,
Didi (54667) 2014-03-21 9:17
Very beautiful picture with a nice warm colours
Interesting point of view on the field
Very good frame quality of your composition
gildasjan (40738) 2014-03-21 10:43
Superbe ce paysage vallonné sous cette lumière légère.Très agréable rendu des teintes.
williewhistler (12112) 2014-03-21 13:03
this is a lovely version of this much photographed location,you have shown the gracious curves of the curves from a well chosen view point in an imaginative composition.
The subdued light has brought out the natural colours beautifully whilst the standing water illustrates the environment perfectly.
Kind regards Les.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-22 6:11
Love the layer, textures, colours and the small house to the Bg, right.
cornejo (27465) 2014-03-22 11:34
Hi Kamila, excellent photo of this great view of the beautiful landscape of rice fields, very well composed and captured in this pretty. Wonderful image of a lovely place with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mkamionka (29155) 2014-03-22 15:17
chyba nie widzialem jeszcze lepszego zdjecia pol ryzowych. Podoba mi sie bardzo pomysl zblizenia na pierwszym planie samego pola tak ze wyobrazic sobie mozna jak to wyglada z bliska. Wspaniala geometria wszystko zaplanowane w najdrobniejszych szczegolach.
marina7 (8049) 2014-03-24 9:09
what a lovely picture, it looks absolutely alive... so vivid and graphic. Excellent work, with good saturation and Asian spirit. Love the atmosphere!
Have a great week!
eldancer1 (24761) 2014-03-28 7:08
Rice farming has been essential to farmers to be very creative. Those rice terraces are amazing innovation started long time ago even in my old country the Philippines. I like your pov of this paddies with good details. Well done, tfs.
kato (11630) 2014-03-28 20:50
You're capturing well this rice field by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the slope of a mountain is used effectively as farmland of the compartmentation. It's also tasteful color contrast of the lush green of field and the the brown stalk of the mown rice. And, it looks like a modern firmhouse for house seen the upper right.
SWEETFREEDOM (21544) 2014-03-30 4:55
characteristic rice terrace, good high p.o.v. and contrast of colors.
Angshu (54513) 2014-04-01 21:52
Wonderful are these terraces indeed...a large scale artwork by man. The light is delicious and that's what makes this picture even more beautiful! The house on the right anchors the shot well. Fine work!
brianmcc (6005) 2014-04-18 10:43
this is a fantastic picture. your composition is wonderful with great depth and detail and superb use of the lines in the landscape. your positioning of the house in the corner is excellent.
jmdias (51983) 2014-04-23 1:40
these terraces with rice are ever amazing to see. I liked the interesting view of the "dark dots" against the green and the house in a corner. a very beautiful place and a marvelous compo. TFS.
delpeoples (52301) 2014-04-25 0:11
Kalispera dear Kamila
This is such a stunning photo. The light is magical, like that seen in the paintings of the Masters. I love that golden tinge on the tops of the crops and how it contrasts with the greenery. A wonderful and characteristic photo, superbly and flawlessly realised.
Thanks for sharing, geia sou
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8085)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-16 5:30