Panorama of the Ping An terraced fields are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, the highest part being 880m in elevation while the lowest part is 380m. The coiling line that starts from the mountain foot up to the mountain top divides the mountain into layers of water glittering in the sun in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of golden rice in fall, and layers of silvery frost in winter.
It takes a bit more than one hour from Longsheng to reach Ping An via the small village of Heping where the bus will probably wait a bit for more passengers. Buses to/from Guilin also go this way : this means that you do not actually need to go up to Longsheng coming from Guilin.
An alternative is to take the bus to Da Hu Shan and get off at Huang Luo, a Yao village where the trek to Ping An starts. The way is now easy to find as the old suspended bridge has been repaired and the bus should stop there : steps are just opposite. If you get off at the second bridge : cross it, turn left along the river, traverse the village until you see an open area with the other bridge on your left and a basketball field in the front.
Once inside Ping An (a Zhuang Village), go up to find a relatively flat rock path. Follow it to the east up to a lake (at least 30mn walk with panoramic view of the village). Further on from the lake it is a bit more than an hour's walk to the Yao village of Zhonglu, and an additional hour's walk will bring you to another Yao village Dazhai, which can serve as an alternative base for your exploration. The best time for a good photo is in early June, when the paddies are pumping with water, the villages are transferring young rice plants from the seed bed to large areas of rice terrace