Editor’s Note: Terraces are step-like landforms for cultivation in hilly or mountainous areas that have provided food for hundreds of years and continue to play an important role in Chinese agriculture. Today these terrace fields are also marvels for travelers and photographers.
1. Hani Terraces, Yuanyang county
Hani Terraces, particularly created by Chinese Hani ethnic group, is an absolute wonder of farming civilization with a long history of more than 1,300 years. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed cultural landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces onto the prestigious World Heritage List in 2013.
2. Longji Rice Terraces
Located on Longji Mountain of Pingan Village, Longji Terrace, also known as Longsheng Terrace Field, is a fascinating scenic spot. First constructed in Yuan Dynasty and completed in Qing Dynasty, it has over 650 years of history. It gets the name for resembling a dragon with the mountain top as its backbone. Covering an area of 66 square kilometers, it is scatted from the altitude of 300 to 1,100 meters. June is considered as the best time to visit. It is amazing when you stand on the top of the mountain and see the terraces in a fine weather.