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Yuanyang Terrace Travel Guide and City Tours

Yuanyang County is about 326kms south away from Kunming, famous for its rice terraces, which was once crowned as one of the China's 17 most attractive scenic places. Yuanyang Rice Terraces regarded as the largest and most spectacular in the world. It’s crafted out by the Hani people one thousand years ago and now is masterpiece of the ingenuity of Hani people. Based on the landforms of mountains and the local conditional, the Hani people push up the hill sides with different shape and size. After generations’ development, nowadays, the rice terrace in large scale and still in using. Also become a famous tourism place of Yunnan.

In light of history record, the rice terraces were crafted out by the ancestors of Hani people when they rehousing their homes to Ailao Mountain area from the Tibetan Plateau in around 2500 years ago. In Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the emperor granted them the title of "Magic Mountain Sculptors". Being built up from generation to generation, the fields today on the mountains have covered an area of 11,333 ha. Now we can see the abstract pattern of terraced rice fields lie at an altitude ranging from 144 along the Red River up to nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. 

At present, though not many tourists visit to Yuanyang Rice Terraces, it is a nice place for photography and sightseeing.

If you get a chance to Yuanyang Rice Terrace, the sunrise scenery of Duoyishu must be not to miss. Duoyishu scenic area is the most beautiful natural and cultural landscape of Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Including Duoyishu, Aichun and Dawazhe, this rice terraces are more than 1647.4 acres. Therefore, the sunrise makes this area a wonderful sightseeing. However, if you want to see the sunrise scenery at Duoyishu, you’d better to get the temperature information in advance.

Apart from the sunrise sights of Yuanyang Rice Terraces, you may wonder where is the best place to get the sunset scenery? Bada—the best place to get the sunset scenery of Yuanyang Rice Terraces and also is largest attraction in terms of acreage of Yuanyang Rice Terraces. The Bada terraces at sunset are truly amazing and the incessantly changing colors will make you feel that you are in a magical kingdom.

In Yuanyang Rice Terraces, one of the interesting things is to explore the Hani people’s culture, experience their local life, visit their mushroom-like houses, and watching their folk dancing performance.


Best time to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces:
Because of the subtropical climate, it’s available to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces all year round. However, from November to the next April is the best time to catch the terraces the most beautiful scenery.


You can take directly express buses from Kunming to Yuanyang Xinjiezhen Every day, and takes about 6-7 hours. 
When you arrive at Yuanyang Rice Terraces, you can take charter vehicle or public transport, or minibus, or van to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rice terraces.


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