Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


From Niujiaozhai to Yuanyang

Yuanyang county, south of the Red River in the province's southeast, is famous for its Hani rice-terraces. With its splendid vistas and ethnic mix it is also a great area for hiking. Here we describe a moderate day-hike starting at the market-town of Niujiaozhai, passing through Yi and Hani villages and ending with stunning sunset vistas over the rice-terraces of Longshuba.


Jim Goodman: The Terrace Builders

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The rice terraces of the Ailao Mountains in southern Yunnan province, China, are some of the oldest terraced farms in Asia. First mentioned in Tang Dynasty records, these farms, 80% of which are irrigated, with water running through them all year round, have been in continuous use for over a thousand years. In 2013 UNESCO declared the heartland of this area a World Heritage Site. The Terrace Builders is a detailed account of how these farms are made and used, the cities and mountains of Honghe Prefecture and the far north of Vietnam, as well as the various ethnic minorities who live there. The book pays special attention to the Hani people, the largest ethnic group in the area, and includes summaries of the culture and clothing of their neighbors the Yi, Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Dai. The book includes 300 photos of the land and its people.

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A ferry with spectacular views operates on the Jinsha River near Baoshan Stone Town.


Jim Goodman: The Terrace Builders

Cover Image
The rice terraces of the Ailao Mountains in southern Yunnan province, China, are some of the oldest terraced farms in Asia. First mentioned in Tang Dynasty records, these farms, 80% of which are irrigated, with water running through them all year round, have been in continuous use for over a thousand years. In 2013 UNESCO declared the heartland of this area a World Heritage Site. The Terrace Builders is a detailed account of how these farms are made and used, the cities and mountains of Honghe Prefecture and the far north of Vietnam, as well as the various ethnic minorities who live there. The book pays special attention to the Hani people, the largest ethnic group in the area, and includes summaries of the culture and clothing of their neighbors the Yi, Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Dai. The book includes 300 photos of the land and its people.


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Markets this Wednesday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Longtou 龙头街

Dali 大理
Huangping 黄平镇
Shunbi 順濞
Shuixie 水泄
Zhongying 种英
Shaba 沙坝
Zhouguanying 周官营
Zhongjiang 中江
Yinqiao 银桥
Gonglang 公郎镇
Shanglan 上兰

Lijiang 丽江
Shunzhou 顺州

Dehong 德宏
Kachang 卡场镇
Lianghe 梁河县

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Zhicun 芷村镇
Tutai 土台
Majie 马街
Wuwan 乌弯
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Lvchun 绿春县
Hongtian 红田
Longwu 龙武镇
Baiyun 白云乡
Xinjie 新街
Daheigong 大黑公
Yongning 永宁乡
Mengqiao 勐桥乡

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Muyang 木央镇
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)
Banggu 蚌谷乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Shizhong 适中乡
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Wafang 瓦房彝族白族乡
Mangbang 芒棒

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Yongde 永德县
Danjia 单甲乡
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Fuhe 复合
Mengdui 孟堆乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Nanuo 那诺乡
Yani 亚尼
Yuanjiang 元江哈尼族彝族傣族自治县

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡

Puer 普洱
Mangxin 芒信镇
Qiannuo 千糯
Minle 民乐