Honghe Hani Rice Terraces – Honghe, China - Atlas Obscura
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Honghe, China

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

A complex and beautiful system of rice terraces covers a million acres over the mountains. 

The stunning Honghe Hani Rice Terraces cover 1,000,000 acres from the slopes of the Ailao Mountains down to the Hong Kong River in Yunnan, China. 

The 1,200-year-old elaborate red rice terraces were created to bring water down from the forests to allow for farming on the slopes. The system of terraces stretches over four counties — Yuanyang, Honghe, Jinpin, and Lvchun — although the main area is in Yuanyang. 

Incorporated into the terraces are 82 villages, and a farming system involving buffaloes and cattle, as well as eels, ducks, and fish. 

The terraces were designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.