Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Hani People, Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Hani People, Yuanyang Rice Terraces
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Yuanyang Rice Terraces Facts

Location: On the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County (part of Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture) and in the south of Yunnan Province.
Area: Over 113 square kilometers (28,005.3 acres)
Number of steps: 3,000 steps

Yuanyang Rice Terraces has been a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people for generations. Southern Ailao Mountain, with this typical tiered landscape, is famed for its unique frontier scenery.

The Hani people's ancestors came to this steep mountain area 2,500 years ago. In their struggle against the difficult terrain they successfully established the terraces, where they grew rice in order to make a living. The technology of developing fertile land on rugged mountain slopes didn't spread all over China and Southeast Asia until 14th century. The creativity of the Hani people turned this mountain area into one of artistic beauty. In recognition, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor granted the title of 'Skillful Sculptor'  to Hani people and their good reputation was passed down from generation to generation. At present, known as 'land sculpture' the terraced fields have been being officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site.
Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Honghe, Yunnan
Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Honghe, Yunnan

Hani terraced fields are magnificent and on a large-scale. They extend to many towns along the south bank of the Red River, such as Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping among others. With an area of more than 113 square kilometers (28,005.3 acres), the terrace in Yuanyang County is regarded as the core area of Hani terraces as the county is mountainous and the terraces built on the hillsides have a slope varying from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. The terraces rise by 3,000 steps forming a landscape that is rare both at home and abroad. In the main, the Yuanyang Hani terraces form three major scenic areas: Duoyishu scenic area, Bada scenic area and Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) scenic area. So many terraces set among vast forests, topped by an ocean of clouds create a magical, magnificent view.

Duoyishu Scenic Area

This is the most beautiful natural and cultural landscape of Yuanyang Terraces, and it is the best place to go if you wish to photograph the sunrise. The terraces in this scenic area, including Duoyishu, Aichun, and Dawazhe, are more than 6.7 square kilometers (1647.4 acres) in total. Sunrise provides the most beautiful sight in Duoyishu as the morning there highlights the superlative dynamic landscape. As a kind suggestion, we recommend that you can pay special attention to the changing color of the water during the early morning sunrise. As the reflections and shadows are constantly changing, the visual impact can be overwhelming.

Bada Scenic Area

Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Honghe, YunnanIt is the biggest attraction in terms of acreage of Yuanyang Terraces and the best of the sunset scenery can be seen here. The terraces here include the Qingkou, Quanfuzhuang, Malizhai, Zhulu and other contiguous areas extending over more than 9.3 square kilometers (2306.3 acres). The Bada terraces at sunset are truly amazing and the incessantly changing colors will make you feel that you are in a magical kingdom.

Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) Scenic Area

The third dimension and the colorific hierarchy of Laohuzui is the most intense. The colors are as though they have been painted by an artist, while the terraced slopes are more rugged. The lowest section of the terrace is the most attractive and the outline resembles a galloping horse.

Best Time to Visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces

The scenery of the terraced fields in Yuanyang is at its best from November to the following April. Taking a tour to Yuanyang Terraces in winter is amazing, since the fields are full of water, composing a colorful painting.

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Other view points in Yuanyang County

1. Qingkou: a Hani Ethnic Village, the only place to be charged in the country, and there are folk dancing performances and Hani showroom.
2. Village architecture: the mushroom-like houses are undoubtedly the most distinctive, and can be seen throughout the county.
3. Long Dragon Feast: Held on 12th December lunar calendar. The Feast in Habo is most famous.
4. Clouds in the Xinjie Town: Due to the high altitude it is often shrouded in cloud and offers great scope to photographers.
5. Folk: In addition to outside terrace, Hani costumes and folklore are also good film subjects. There are Hani, Yao, Miao, Dai, Zhuang, Yi and other nationalities so that the locality has a very strong ethnic flavor.

Yuanyang Hani Terraced Fields, Honghe, Yunnan 

Some Tips

1. Yuanyang lies on the Tropic of Cancer, so the climate is neither extremely hot nor cold. However, it is cooler in morning and evening, and the sun is very strong at noon. You should pay attention to sun protection. Moreover, T-shirts and shorts can be worn all year round, but you are advised to take a jacket.
2. It is very interesting to participate in a local country fair, during which the entire minority people dress in colorful ethnic costumes. It is very lively.

How to get to Yuanyang Rice Terraces

From Kunming to Yuanyang Rice Terraces, you can first take a bus from Kunming South Bus Station to Yuanyang Xinjie Town. The buses depart at 10:20, 12:30 and 19:00. A single trip takes 6 to 7 hours and cost CNY 130 to 150 per person. After arrival, you can carpool with other travelers to get to the main entrance and travel among different fields. It costs CNY 5 to 10 per person for one ride. You can also hire a car to tour, costing about CNY300 for a day. A half-day car tour to Duoyishu costs CNY 150 to 200.

Entrance Fee Day Ticket: CNY 100, single entry for each scenic spot within a day; 
Seven-day Ticklet: CNY 180, unlimited entry for each scenic spot included within the 7-day validity.
1. The ticket covers Duoyishu, Bada, Laohuzui Scenic Areas and Qingkou Folk Village.
2. Half-price ticket for children between 1.2 and 1.4m (3.9-4.6ft); free for children under 1.2m.
Opening Hours All day long, while some sites open from 6:00 to 19:30.

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- Last updated on Sep. 01, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Asked by bnhgfcvbnhfbgfg from DENMARK | Jan. 14, 2021 18:32Reply
How to get from Jianshui County to Yuanyang
Answers (1)
Answered by Aly | Jan. 24, 2021 22:35

You can take direct coach from Jianshui Coach Station to Yuanyang. It takes around 4.5 hours on the way. The ticket fare is CNY 50 to 60 per person.
Asked by Gigi from SINGAPORE | Jan. 14, 2021 04:24Reply
Where other places do you recommend as a foreigner apart from the field of yuanyang i can do?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ivey | Jan. 24, 2021 22:39

You can also tour around Jianshui Ancient Town.
Asked by Tanja from UKRAINE | Dec. 26, 2020 20:18Reply
From Jinghong Xishuangbanna to Yuanyang
How do I travel from Jinghong Xishuangbanna yo Yuanyang? With bus or train?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ciaran | Dec. 29, 2020 17:29

Well, there is no direct bus or train that operates between these two places. You are suggested to take a coach to Jiangcheng first. Then transfer to a coach to Lvchun. After arriving, there are several buses that can take you to Yuanyang.
Asked by Gabriel yiu from CANADA | Oct. 31, 2019 10:11Reply
Do we need walking boots for Yuanyang
I am visiting Yuanyang in November, how is the terrain situation ?? is it very muddy or watery ?? Do we need hiking boots ?? Let me know and thank you

Gabriel Yiu / Vancouver BC Canada
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Answered by Gabby from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 04, 2019 00:29

It is one of the best months to go there. Comfortable sneakers will be good.
Asked by Kay from CHINA | Oct. 15, 2019 01:09Reply
Getting to Yuanyang
Hi, I have a couple of questions:

1) How can I hire a car after taking the bus from Kunming to Yuanyang?
2) How many days are recommended to stay here?
3) is it possible to walk or take a bus between all the scenic spots at Yuanyang?

Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 17, 2019 19:40

1. There are many taxies or private cars around the Coach station. You can negotiate the price with driver.
2. 3-4 days will be fine, or you can stay longer.
3. Yes, the scenic area is so large that you can walk or take the car in it.
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