The irrigation of Yunnan's Yuanyang Rice Terraces began in early January, and the rice terraces come into their best photographic time: from January to April. Check out the list of China's most beautiful rice terraces.
Photography tips: The irrigated rice terraces look like pieces of huge mirrors, reflecting the color of the skies, rosy dawn, and sunset glow. Sometimes, the seas of clouds cover the rice terraces.
It is said that it is foggy about 175 days in a year, and some inflexible photographers need to wait for several days to catch the scenes of sun rise and sun set. So China Highlights suggests you pay close attention to the weather forecast before you carry out your photography tour, if you wish to pursue the sunrise and sunset of Yuanyang Rice Terraces. China Highlights’ tailor-made tours allow you to change your travel route anytime you need.
A list of popular photography places in the Yuanyang Rice Terraces: For sunrises and rosy dawns: Duoyishu Scenic Spot (多依树); for seas of clouds and sunrises among clouds: a high place near Xinjie Town (新街镇, the old town of Yuanyang Town); for the closest views of terraces and for sunsets: Longshuba Scenic Spot (龙树坝); for sunsets: Bada Scenic Spot (坝达); and for a bird's eye view of the terraces (with an effect similar to aerial photography): Mengpin Scenic Spot (勐品, a spot in Laohuzui Scenic Area: 老虎嘴). Besides natural scenery, the unique mushroom-shaped Haini houses, and the Hani costumes, are great for photography.
Weather: Though it is still a little cold in spring in the Yuanyang Prefecture, the weather cannot block photographers’ enthusiasm. From January to March, the temperature fluctuates between 13°C and 32°C. January is a little colder, with an average temperature of about 18°C. In February and March it is warmer, and the average temperature can reach 21°C.