Keywords: Custom and Culture of Hani People, Natural Landscape
Location: 15 kilometers east of Xinjie town of Yuanyang county, Honghe
Rice Terraces Area: about 582 hectare
About Malizhai Rice Terraces Scenic Area:
Malizhai Rice Terraces Scenic Area mainly consists of Quanfuzhuang Rice Terraces, Bada Rice Terraces, Malizhai Rice Terraces, Shangmadian Rice Terraces and Mali Village. There are 17 natural villages, 1910 households and 10244 people in the whole scenic area. Visitors can appreciate rice terraces, sea of cloud and buildings of Hani people here because Malizhai Rice Terraces Scenic Area is the central area to comprehend, study and experience Hani's culture.
Mali Village（麻栗寨）is famous for the colorful terrace in such a high altitude. Visitors can stand on the high position to take a bird-eye view of the large scale of the terrace field. The terrace is like mirrors on the mountain when reflecting the sunshine. Especially after 4 o’ clock in the afternoon, with the sunset dipping below the horizon, the surfaces of the terrace turn into pink, red and again pink, finally white.
It situated on the plateau of an altitude of 1, 600m, visitors always can see the beautiful cloud sea. The cloud twines among the mountains for over 200 days in a year. The Mali Village is absolutely the holy land to the shutterbug. In the morning and afternoon, sometimes there will be three layers of cloud; visitors can see the red fire clouds in the sky and red terrace on the ground.
Malizhai Rice Terraces Scenic Area
Tea Planting in Mali Village:
The Mali Village is located in the Honghe Autonomous Prefecture of Hani and Yi Nationalities, Yunnan. Mali Village boasts the large scale of terrace field, mysterious cloud sea and architecture of Hani nationality. The altitude of Mali Village is over 1, 600m, which is a good condition to plant tea. In the plateau, there is plenty of sunshine, suitable temperature and rain. Tea planted there will be in good quality.
Culture of Hani Nationality:
The local people of Mali Village are Hani nationality. Hani people have their own festival. When it is June 24th of Chinese lunar year, there is a day called Kuzhazha. At that day, the whole village will kill the cattle to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors. The youth will have wrestling matches, hunting and sing folk songs.
The most important festival of Hani is the Zhalete, meaning the New Year in October. In the big day, the villagers will kill pigs to show memory to their ancestor and then every family will take out the most delicious dish to have a comparation. When the festival is coming to the end, every village will hold a “Dragon Feast” in the center of the village because the desks will be put together as long as a dragon.
There is an interesting day in the culture of Hani nationality called Girl’s Day. At that day, the man in the family will carry water with a shoulder pole and buckets in the early morning. When the sky turns bright, they will cut a bundle of firewood. Do all the things women do every day and women just enjoy their leisure day. After lunchtime, men will go to the market and dress up as women to dance, making women happy.
• You can take the regular bus from Kunming to Yuanyang in Kunming South Passenger Station at 10:20/12:30/19:00 every day, CNY 139 per, lasting 5 to 6 hours.
• You can take the regular bus from Kunming to Nansha county then take the mini bus to Xinjie town(CNY 10 per, departing from 7:00~20:00). 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.
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