Yuan yang - best winter photography in the rice terrace fields


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Yunnan province is one of the most beautiful places to visit in China. Located in China’s southern reaches, there are many impressive attractions for tourists, including the provincial city – Kunming, Lake Erhai, Lijiang, Dali and Xishuangbanna. All are great places for traveling. Besides, Yunnan is a province where it is very mountainous and green. The typical geographical location and the main central sub-tropical monsoon climate make this area a featured cultivating scene – rice-paddy terraces. The rice field terraces in Yunnan China are really beautiful for photography. Yuan Yang County, in Honghe Prefecture, is renowned for its spectacular rice-paddy terrace. Travel to Yuan Yang and look the special natural and humans art work - rice field terraces in Yunnan China for yourself. For more information about Yunnan tours, please look at WindhorseTour’s Yunnan Highlights Tour.

Yuan Yang County is located in Honghe Prefecture in Yunnan province, China. 95% of Yuan Yang people are associated with agriculture, making their special cultivating type – the rice field terraces in Yunnan China. The total area of Yuan Yang county is 2,200 sq. km. (849 sq. mi.) and 88% of the area belongs to ethnic minorities. The majority of the people living in Yuan Yang are Hani ethnic group. Meanwhile, there are other ethnic groups like Yi, Miao, Yao, Dai and Zhuang people living on this beautiful land. Tibet and Yunnan province are two great places to visit in China. Tourist can take a tour from Tibet to Yunnan to see the spectacular rice-paddy terraces. For more information about this, please look at WindhorseTour’s Yunnan to Tibet  Overland Tour.

The town of Yuan Yang is on atop a ridge of Ailao mountain range, at an elevation of about 1,570 m. (5,150 ft.). This place is the best position for photography. On the mountain range, there are overwhelming rice field terraces in Yunnan China. Many photographers come to Yuan Yang from afar to see the spectacular scene of the featured rice field terraces. The rice field terraces in Yunnan China are one of the characteristic planting methods in China. The rice field terraces in Yunnan China have a history of more than 1300 years created by Hana people.  For other related China tours, please check on WindhorseTour's Chengdu to Lhasa via Yading and Yunnan Tour.

Best Combination of Humans and Nature

As one of the most wonderful places to visit in China, Yuan Yang is showing its charm to tourists for its spectacular rice-paddy terrace. Hani people cultivated their land in a fantastic and perfect art. They integrated the terraced fields into a unique landform, forests and plant covers, valleys, streams and other natural landscapes. The rice field terrace in Yunnan China is a unique masterpiece of ethnic art which naturally fused the ethnical art, landscape art and agricultural technique. Yuan Yang people left the forever cultural relic for Chinese people, which has been on its function till today. Just like the Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Sichuan, bringing many benefits for future generations. The unique cultivating scene presents a beautiful watercolor painting art work.

Tourists who want to have a look at the featuring field terraces are recommended to visit Yuan Yang at least once. Generally, the terraces located between 1,000 m.(3,280 ft.) to 2,000 m. (6,561 ft.) are best for viewing. The temperature in the area is above 0 degree Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Though the fact that it's never freezing, yet the climate and temperature there provides one crop in a year. During late November to April, the terraces are filled with water from, when is the best time for tourists to take great colorful photos. Yuan Yang belongs to one of the most excellent places to visit in China for best photography. The harvest time is between mid September to mid November. 

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