Yuanyang Rice Terraces

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces in China
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For tourists who want to bring back breathtaking photos as souvenirs from their China vacation, the scenic and spectacular Yuanyang Rice Terraces is the perfect travel spot to go. Professional photographers are among the main visitors to this site. Oftentimes, day-trippers who visit the area will see tripods abound, along with other photography equipment, ready to shoot the magnificent landscape of cascading rice fields.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces is located south of Kunming with a distance of 300 kilometers. You can reach the site by renting any vehicle. There are no railroads near the location so visitors are recommended to rent vans and cars for your convenience and safety. You can also wait for the bus near Beijing train station if you prefer a cheaper transportation means.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces may not be as popular as the Great Wall of China, but people who appreciate privacy, solitude, and contemplation can definitely enjoy its picturesque landscape. The location’s high mountains and rolling hillside is a perfect combination of balance and beauty that can leave you in meditative silence. If you want a travel spot that’s not too crowded, then you should definitely check out Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces is a man-made rice field landscape completed by the Hani ethnic tribe 1,000 years ago. The hard work and perseverance of the Hani people long ago is being preserved by the new batch of rice farmers through practicing farming concepts such as ecology, land preservation, and irrigation.

The best time to go to Yuanyang Rice Terraces is either at sunrise or sunset. There is magic when you see the sun’s rays hitting the surface of water on every rice field. In case you’re too late for either a sunset or a sunrise, just look at the sky’s reflection. Both scenarios will leave you breathless no matter what location you’re located and what time you’ve arrived to witness the terraces’ natural beauty.

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