Yuanyang Terrace, Yunnan (云南元阳梯田)
Yuanyang Terrace in Yunnan
Located about 300 km south of Kunming, Yuanyang terrace lies in Yuanyang County, in southeastern Yunnan Province. With a total area of 11,000 hectares, the terrace is regarded by some as the largest and most spectacular terrace in the world. It is a natural masterpiece, plowed by the bare hands of the Hani ethnic people 1,000 thousand years ago, and it is still in use today. During winter days, the whole terrace is covered by a layer of mist, evoking the typical atmosphere of a traditional Chinese ink and wash painting. Catching a sunrise or sunset on the terrace at this time will make visitors marvel at the wonder of nature.
Admission: 100 yuan for adults (including tickets to Qingkou Folk Village, Laohuzui, Bada and Duoyishu); 50 yuan for kids
Best time to visit: April and November
Getting there: Take a long-distance coach from Kunming Bus Station to Nansha Town of Yuanyang County.