Rice Field Terraces, Yunnan, China. Yuanyang County, stretched along the Red River, is known world wide for its stunning rice terraces. The area is included in the list of World Heritage Site in China. Untouched by the tourism, the site has preserved its authenticity.
The terraces have been carved by hand by the Hani people about 1000 years ago, in the mountains 1,800 meters above sea level. The water is channeled from the top of the hill, where it is preserved in the forest. The fields are irrigated from November to March, rice are harvested in September.
Although the location is remote and the roads leading to it are not of the best quality, the experience might be really unique. Besides the beautiful terraces, the life and culture of the ethnic groups would reveal one more unseen aspect of China.
Lead photo by Thierry Bornier
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