Yuanyang Rice TerracesThe Yuanyang Rice Terraces
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Situated on the southerly slope of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County (part of Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture) and in the province of Yunnan. The Yuanyang Rice Terraces has been a hani genius for years. The Ailao Mountain in the north, with its characteristic stepped countryside, is famous for its magnificent borderland.
Hani ancestry came to this precipitous mountainous region 2,500 years ago. Fighting the tough terrains, they successfully built the terraces on which they cultivated rice to earn a livelihood. Only in the fourteenth century did the development technologies of fruitful soils on rough mountainsides become widespread in China and Southeast Asia.
Hani creativeness transformed this region into an area of art. As a tribute to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Kaiser awarded the Hani tribe the nickname of "Skilful Sculptor" and their good name has been handed down from generations to generations. Nowadays, the terracing areas are recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural and natural heritage site.
The Hani terraces are splendid and spacious. These stretches to many cities on the southern banks of the Red River, such as Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping. Covering an area of more than 113 km2, the Yuanyang District patio is the heart of the Hani Terraces, as the shire is hilly and the terraces on the slopes have an inclination of 15°-75°.
These terraces have 3,000 levels and constitute a unique scenery at home and abroad. The Yuanyang Hani Terraces essentially comprise three large landscaped areas: The Duoyishu Territory, Bada Territory and Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) Territory. The terraces in the middle of extensive woods, overlooked by a sea of cloud, offer a magic and beautiful panorama.
It is the most picturesque nature and culture of the Yuanyang Terraces and the best place to take pictures of the sundown. Terraces in this picturesque area, which includes Duoyishu, Aichun and Dawazhe, cover a combined area of more than 6.7 sqkm.
This is the largest tourist draw in the area of the Yuanyang Terraces and the best of the sunsets landscape can be seen here. Terraces here cover Qingkou, Quanfuzhuang, Malizhai, Zhulu and other adjacent areas covering more than 9.3 sqkm. Bath-terraces at sundown are truly astonishing and the ever-changing colours will make you think you are in a magic world.
Laohuzui's third color scale and color hierarchies are the most intensive. Paints are as if they had been drawn by an artisan, while the steeper terraces are more abrupt. At the bottom of the patio is the most appealing part and the shape is similar to a galopping vault. Yuanyang's patio landscape is at its best from November to April.
A trip to the Yuanyang Terraces in winters is astonishing, as the land is full of waters and gives a colourful picture. Jingkou: a Hani Ethnic village, the only place in the land that is loaded, and there are folklore dance shows and a Hani show room. Fungus-like buildings are without doubt the most striking and can be seen throughout the whole area.
Besides the outdoor patio, Hani suits and folk music are also good for filming. It has Hani, Yao, Miao, Dai, Zhuang, Yi and other nations, so the place has a very powerful national tast. The Yuanyang is at the Tropic of Cancer, so the weather is neither extreme warm nor chill.
It' very interesting to take part in a folk festival where the whole community dresses in colourful ethnical colour. You can take a coach from Kunming to Yuanyang Rice Terraces from South Station to Yuanyang Xinjie Town and then rent a boat.
One-entrance to each vantage point within one daily period; seven-day ticket: NCNY 180, unrestricted admission to any picturesque location within the 7-day-validation. Remark: 1: The tickets are valid for Duoyishu, Bada, Laohuzui stage areas and Jingkou Folk Village.