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Yuanyang Rice Terraces

* The largest rice terrace in the world.
* History: more than 2000 years
* Distance from Kunming: 320 km
* Entrance fee: 0
* Open Hours: all day
* Address: Yuanyang county, Yunnan     
* Best visiting time: Nov--April

Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
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Yuangyang County is 320 km south of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. The county made its name worldwide in the 1980s when the rice terrace was introduced to the outside world. Yuanyang Rice Terrace has an area of 20,000 square kilo meters, with an altitude from 200 to over 2000 meters. Its history can date back to more than 2000 years ago by the Hani ethnic people. The ancestors of Hani people came from Tibetan Plateau and worked out the terraced fields on mountains generations after generations. The rice farmers have had to practice those concepts centuries before they were widely accepted around the world. Without hard work maintaining the terrace walls and irrigation system, the precious top soil would wash down the hillsides into the rivers. This incredible piece of engineering wonder was not discovered until 1980s and now listed as one of China World Heritage Site Candidates.

There are several good places for the sightseeing; the first is Duoyishu Village where the sunrise view is the best. Tiger-Mouth and Bada terrace is the good spot to watch sunset. To experience the folk culture, tourists can go Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village.

 

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