Yuanyang Rice Terraces | 元阳梯田.

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The Yuanyang Rice Terraces are the Hani ethnic minority’s masterpiece of ingenuity. In unique shapes and sizes with thousands of years of history, they form a mosaic of colorful fields.

If you are a photographer, you should not miss the Yuanyang Rice Terraces. However, the best shooting time for the terraces is from January to March. Yuanyang presents the most beautiful views when after the terraces have been irrigated and the water in the fields reflects the sunshine, creating many colors. ⇒ Photography Tips at Yuanyang Hani Terraces

The province is one of the most diverse in China. The Northwest of the province is heavily influenced by Tibet, with whom it shares a border, and has a large ethnic Tibetan population.

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The terraced fields stretch across Honghe, Yuanyang, Luchun, and Jinping counties south of Honghe — ‘the Red River’. Yuanyang County is the core area of the ​​Honghe Hani terraces with the grandest scale. In 2013, part of the county formed the *Honghe Hani Rice Terraces World Heritage Site, the 45th World Heritage Site in China.

Of China’s fifty-five officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be found in Yunnan: about one-third of the population is not ethnic Han-Chinese. The region is renowned for its *Eighteen Oddities, distinctive traits promoted in tourist materials.

The vast majority of the ethnic minority women in Yuanyang county still wear traditional clothes as their daily attire. The main ethnic group is the Hani who share the region with several other minorities such as the Yi and Miao. Market days in the villages tend to be very colourful when the different minority groups in the vicinity, each in their own traditional costume, come together to trade and socialise.

The closest large towns to the west of Yuanyang county are Shiping (map) and Yuanjiang (map). Gejiu is the major town to the north-east and also the capital of Honghe prefecture. 70 km (43 mi) directly to the north of Yuanyang lies Jianshui (map), a small city with interesting monuments.

There is a railway from Hanoi to Nanning, Guangxi, and one with some sensational scenery from Nanning to Kunming. Another rail route reaches Kunming from central China via Guiyang, Guizhou, and a third one comes South to Kunming from Chengdu, Sichuan. All of these train routes offer spectacular scenery, with long stretches of bridges and tunnels.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

BAOLAU.com – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

Also сheck оut мore info: TransportationTips for Your China Train Trip (chinahighlights.com)

BUS: A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

TRAIN: Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >> seat61.com  (*Rail travel in China)

AIRPORT: The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

The INCREDIBLE Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces | A Day Trip From Guilin, China.

We went to the Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces in Guilin, in the Guangxi Province of China! A perfect day trip from Guilin, can easily be turned into an overnight stay for us.

Stepping away from the city life, we explored the rice terraces which are located just a few hours outside of Guilin. We stayed in a local guesthouse and hiked through the rice terraces taking in its beauty! This is something you need to put on your China Bucket List!

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.


China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs.

chinahighlights.com – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.


China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.