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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Overview

The Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China covers 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces. In 2013, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were listed as a World Heritage Site. Hence the spectacular Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Tour becomes popular travel destination for not only Chinese but also foreigners. 

‣ Where is Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are the system of Hani rice-growing terraces located in Honghe Prefecture, Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China. The terraces' history spans around 1,200 years. The distribution has four counties: Yuanyang, Honghe, Jinpin and Lüchun. The core area of the terraces is located in Yuanyang County. 

‣ Basic Information of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Chinese Name: 红河哈尼梯田

Area:11,300 hectares

Keywords: Paradise for Photograph, World Cultural and Natural Heritage

Best Time to Visit: Irrigation Water Period(December to next April)

Recommended Visit Time: Three Days

Climate of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

With subtropical monsoon climate, Yuanyang County in Honghe Prefecture owns a mild weather, having an average annual temperature around 15 °C, and 1670 hours annual sunlight. It has abundant rainfall with average annual rainfall of 1397.6mm, and relative humidity of 85% throughout the year, fog period of 174-180 days. Although there is no distinctive difference of seasons, the daily temperature can be varied from 32 °C to -2.6 °C, so you’d better check the specific weather condition before your Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Tour.

‣ What to Visit in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

There are 4 major scenic spots in the area. They are Duoyi Tree, Bada, Tiger Mouth and Jingkou Village. They scatter in the different places of Yuanyang.

‣‣‣ More Attractions in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

• Bada Rice Terraces

Bada Rice Terraces is featured by the stereoscopic and spectacular scenery, beautiful curved line and widest occupation. It is the best place to shoot the sunset.

Duoyishu Rice Terraces

At the altitude of 1900 meters, Duoyishu Rice Terraces is the best place to appreciate and shoot the sunrise, cloud sea and the village.

Laohuzui Rice Terraces

As a scenic area with the most precipitous gradient, the grandest vigor and the widest occupation, Tiger Mouth Rice Terraces are featured by the strong gradation and the gorgeous color.

Samaba Rice Terrace Fields

“If you have never been to the Sama Dam, you will never know how large the terraced field is.” The terraced field known as the largest of the world is located in the Baohua Township.

Recommended Hotels in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

•Yuanyang Yunti Hotel

•Chinese Name:元阳云梯酒店

•Address:China, Yunnan, Yuanyang, 老县城新街镇

Phone Number:+86 873 562 4858

• Timeless Hostle Yuanyang

•Chinese Name:多依树久居元阳客栈

•Address:China, Yunnan, Honghe, Yuanyang, 新街镇多依树景区普高老寨

•Phone Number:+86 182 1397 0980

Transportation of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Regular bus is available from Kunming to Yuanyang or Kunming to Nansha Town. Then you can take regular bus to arrive Xinjie Town. From Xinjie town to the entrance of the Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces or from the entrance to each scenic spot, you can rent a car to go, CNY 5~10 yuan per. Renting a car among scenic spots is more flexible and easy to drop by to take photos. 

Minority Culture in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

The wonderful and magnificent Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are created by the diligent Hani people. 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. Local Hani people worship the sun, moon, mountains, rivers, forests and other natural phenomena including fire. They live in 82 villages situated between the mountaintop forests and the terraces.The villages feature traditional thatched “mushroom” houses. 

Travel Tips of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

If you are interested in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Yunnan Adventure Travel will provide professional Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Tour that suit your price, interest and schedule.

• Best Time to visit Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

The terraces present different views in different seasons. From November to March, the terrace fields will be filled with water. When the sunlight shines on the water, the terrace will be very beautiful. From April to September, there will be green paddy rice all over the field. In late September and early October, the rice fields ripe and turn yellow.

• Ticket for Honghe Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces

CNY 100 for a through ticket valid for one day, CNY180 valid for 10 days and CNY360 valid for 1 year. It’s not convenient to travel between the scenic spots. There are also many other terraces worth visiting and no entrance fee required, such as Longshuba and Habo Village.

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