Home // TravelHonghe Rice Terraces: Masterpiece of Hani peoplechinadaily.com.cn|2017-01-16 11:08 Landscape of terraced rice fields of the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in Yuanyang county, Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture, Southwest Chinas Yunnan province. [Photo/IC]The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China, covers an immense 16,603-hectares. These spectacular terraces cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River.The terraces rise by 3,000 steps at varying angles from a shallow 15 degrees to a steep 75 degrees, forming a magnificent landscape that is rare both at home and abroad.Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to these terraces. They have also created an integrated farming system that involves buffalos, cattle, ducks, fish and eel and supports the production of red rice, the areas primary crop. The terraced fields were officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site in 2013.Although not exactly a tourist destination, hordes of photographers have visited Yuanyang Rice Terraces. The landscape changes vividly through the year. In April the terraces are all green as rice started to grow, in later parts of the year it is yellowish brown as the rice ripens. In February, the terraces become naked bare earth, with the water reflecting the sky.Previous Page1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next PagePhotoLeading from the frontChinas connection with Davos ForumChina, Switzerland to deepen multilateral cooperationProne cycling enthusiast wants more to get out of the saddleEight-year-old girls long journey homeTop CEOs optimistic as Davos convenesRelated StoriesThe first ICH experience center opens in Beijing25 tombs spanning Shang and Ming dynasties unearthed in GuangzhouLatest discovery at Shanghai Longping Temple revealedPrehistoric relics unearthed from Jiangsu tombsUnderground palace of Jingling Mausoleum reopens in C ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263Registration Number: 130349About China DailyAdvertise on SiteContact UsJob OfferExpat EmploymentFOLLOW US