Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces – Situated in the south of Yunnan Province and Situated on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County which is part of Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture, Yuanyang Rice Terraces has been a masterpiece of the Hani people’s ingenuity for generations. Southern Ailao Mountain, with this unique tiered scenery, is famous for its unique frontier landscape.
2,500 years ago, the ancestors of Hani people came to this steep mountain area. Struggling against the tough terrain they effectively established the terraces, where Hani people grew rice in order to make a living. Until 14th century, the technology on developing lush land on rugged mountain slopes had not spreaded all over China and Southeast Asia. The Hani people’s creativity converted this mountain area into one artistic beauty. In recognition of, the title of ‘Skillful Sculptor’ was granted by the Ming Dynasty emperor to Hani people and their fine reputation was bequeathed from generation to generation. Thesedays, known as ‘land sculpture’ these terraced rice fields are being officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage site and World Cultural.
Hani terraced fields are picturesque and on a large scale. They reach to plenty towns along the Red River’s south bank, such as Jinping, Lüchun, and Yuanyang among others. With a field of over 28,005.3 acres, the terraced field in Yuanyang County is assumed as the Hani terraces’ core area since the county is mountainous and the terraces constructed on the hillsides with a downhill varying from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. The terraces rose by three hundred steps forming a scenery which is rare both at home and overseas. In the main, the Yuanyang Hani terraces shape three major picturesque areas: Duoyishu , Bada and Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) picturesque area. There are many terraces set among vast jungle, topped by an ocean of clouds creating a magical, magnificent sight.
It is the most beautiful cultural and natural landscape of Yuanyang Terraces, and it is the best spot to go if you wish to photo the sunrise. The terraces in this picturesque area, including Dawazhe, Duoyishu, and Aichun, are more than 1647.4 acres. Sunrise boasts the most beautiful view in Duoyishu as the morning there highlights the superlative dynamic scenery. It is recommended that tourists pay special attention to the water’s changing color in the early morning sunrise. Since the reflections and shadows constantly change, the visual impact can be amazing.
This is the biggest attraction in state of acreage of Yuanyang Terraces and the finest of the sunset view can be observed here. The terraces include the Malizhai, Qingkou, Zhulu, Quanfuzhuang and other contiguous areas which extending over 2306.3 acres. in the sunset, the Bada terraces are truly magnificent and the incessantly changing colors will make tourists feel that they are in a magical kingdom.
Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth)
The 3rd dimension and the multicolour hierarchy of Laohuzui is the most intense. The colors are as if they had been painted by an artist, whereas the terraced slopes are more rugged. The lowest tier of the terrace is the most impressive and the outline resembles a galloping horse.
Day shift and night buses from Kunming Bus Terminal to Yuanyang are available. There is a high-speed passenger bus during the day. A sleeper bus as night service is starting at 20:00 and arriving at the new Yuanyang County (Nansha) at 05:30 the following day. Then tourists can catch nonstop bus to the Terraced Fields.