The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are the system of rice-growing terraces created by the Hani people, it is located in Honghe Prefecture, Yuanyang County, South China’s Yunnan Province. The total area is approximately 1,000,000 acres which is extremely large.
The boundless splendid terraces are a result of consistent cultivation and expansion by the hard-working Hani people over a period of more than 1,300 years.
Till today, the original agro-ecological system made up by forest, villages, terraces and water is working perfectly. Local farmers like their ancestors grow different plants at different altitudes. In some places, there are as many as 3,700 terraces down the slopes.
The scenery and color of the terraces change with seasons. In 2013, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were listed as a World Heritage Site.
Duoyishu Rice Terraces, part of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces.
This scenic area is the best site to watch sunrise over the vast rice paddies, sea of clouds and enjoy harmonious Hani folk life.
Samaba Terraces (撒玛坝) is located in Baohua Township, Honghe County, Yunnan Province. It has a history of more than 700 years. The total area of the Samaba Terraces is more than 14,000 mu (2306 acres) and the altitude is between 600 and 1880 meters.
The Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the 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 area’s primary crop.
The resilient land management system of the rice terraces demonstrates extraordinary harmony between people and their environment, both visually and ecologically, based on exceptional and long-standing social and religious structures.
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