Hani Terraces, Yuanyang (Yunnan, China)


Yuanyang Rice Terraces, located on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County, was created and cultivated by the Hani people’s ancestors for at least the past 1300 years. In their struggle against the difficult terrain they successfully established the terraces, where they grew rice in order to make a living. The creativity of this people turned the mountain area into one artistic beauty. In recognition, the Ming Dynasty emperor granted the title of ‘Skillful Sculptor’ to Hani people and their good reputation was passed down from generation to generation.

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