The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee, currently being held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, inscribed China's cultural landscape of Yunnan's Hani Terraces onto the prestigious UNESCO's World Heritage List on June 22, 2013. This brings the total number of World Heritage Sites in China to 45, and makes China the country with the second most World Heritage in the world after Italy.
The Hani Terraces are located in Yuanyang County in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Southwest China, 400 kilometers or 7 hours' drive from Kunming.
It is a masterpiece of Hani ingenuity spanning dozens of generations, with a history of more than 1,300 years — a spectacular traditional farming landscape.
The Honghe Hani Terraced Fields site covers 132 square kilometers (51 sq. miles) and has a buffer zone of 148 square kilometers (57 sq. miles), which includes the hillside terraced fields, the hilltop forest, the rivers and streams in the valleys, and the ethnic villages.
The Yuanyang Terraces are a paradise for photographers. The best time for photography is in February and March. During this period you can catch the prettiest of the terraces, because the rice terraces are filled with water, and every level layer of the terraces is bright with the reflective effects of light and shadow.
Best places for photography: Duoyishu Scenic Spot, Bada Scenic Spot, Longshuba Scenic Spot, Laohuzui Scenic Area.
If you are interested in touring Yuanyang to see the magnificent sight of the Hani Terraced Fields, check out our most-recommended 7-Day Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour. Or contact us and let us help you make your own tour according to your requirements: China Highlights specializes in tailor-making China tours. The Hani Terraces are best combined with a Kunming tour.