Bada Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County, Honghe

Chinese Name:坝达梯田
English Name: 
Bada Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County, Honghe
Sunset, Cloud Sea, Photograph
Location:14 kilometer from Xinjie town(the old town) of Yuanyang County, Honghe Hani and YI Autonomous Prefecture
Rice Terraces Area: 950 hectare
Admission Fee:¥100

Opening Hours: 8:00~20:00 

‣ About Bada Rice Terraces

Magnificent Sunset of Bada Rice Terraces

Magnificent Sunset of Bada Rice Terraces

Bada Rice Terraces Scenic Area is a bright pearl in the tourism of Yuanyang, which includes Quanfuzhuang Rice Terraces, Malizhai Rice Terraces, Bada Rice Terraces and Shangmadian Rice Terraces. There, what you can enjoy is the natural landscape, humanities and ethnic flavor of Hani people since thousands of them have been living there generation after generation.

It is the best place to entertain the spectacular scenery with stereoscopic and curved line, and also the great attraction to have a profound knowledge, analyses and understanding of the Hani culture.

Magnificent Sunset of Bada Rice Terraces

Magnificent Sunset of Bada Rice Terraces


With over 3700 levels, endless terraces are like ladders up to the heaven, rising up from the 800 meters of Malizhai River to 2000 meters of the summit of the mountain. Glittering and shimmering, under the sun, the Terraces are just like a mysterious wonderland.

When talking about Bada Rice Terraces, the words like “Magnificent”, “Dreamlike”, and “Fantastic” and “the Beauty of Lines” are even not enough to describe their beauties. When beautiful sunset, sea of clouds and terraces are rolled into one, what a fantastic picture it is!

Best Time to Visit


At dusk, it’s best to appreciate Bada Rice Terraces. When the sun shines on the rice paddies of 950 hectares from 800 meters to 2000 meters, the amazing view may shock or thrill you.


Visiting Bada Rice Terraces in winter is definitely a perfect trip. The rice terraces are full of water after autumn harvest; when sunset glows softly upon the paddies, the terraces first turns pink, then rosy and later dark red, pink, golden and white at length. 

‣ Highlights


The sun often sets from 18:00 to 20:00. In spring (March to May), it is usually between 19:10 and 19:50; in summer (June to August), it’s from 19:25 to 19:57; in autumn (September to November), at 18:20~19:26 and in winter (December to February), at 18:20~19:11. If you are professional photographers or shutterbugs, you’d better get to Bada Rice Terraces at 16:00 and find a good location for shooting rice terraces, sea of clouds, Hani villages and sunset. You would feel like standing in a fairyland.

Clouds of Sea

‣ Hani Ethnic Festivals & Traditions

Hani people celebrate their traditional festivals such as Hani New Year, Kuzhazha Festival, etc.

The Cloud Sea of Bada Rice Terraces

The Cloud Sea of Bada Rice Terraces

Hani New Year

Hani New Year is similar to the Spring Festival of Han. It starts on the first Dragon Day of the 10th lunar month each year and lasts 5 or 6 days and even as long as 13 days. Every family would prepare chicken and pork to worship their ancestors and the family members get together to enjoy the union. In the last day of the New Year, a Long Table Banquet will be arranged and tables will be laid in the street which can extend to one kilometer long. Each family will serve the most sumptuous dishes to make up a table and enjoy the banquet together.

Kuzhazha Festival(苦扎扎节)

Kuzhazha Festival takes place from lunar June 23 to 26 and each family makes sticky rice, sets the feast, makes fresh rice and worships the ancestor.

‣ Accommodation

A 3-star hotel called Yuanyang Yunti Hotel in Xinjie Town are recommended to tourists to spend night there. What’s more, there are many hostels in Xinjie Town and other scenic areas. You could choose the one that suits you best.

‣ Attraction Transportation

Kunming-Yuanyang(Xinjie Town)-Bada Rice Terraces

Kunming South Passenger Station: departing for Yuanyang, Xinjie Twon, at 10:20/12:30/19:00 every day, CNY 139 per, lasting 5 to 6 hours. Then you can rent a car to reach Laohuzui Rice Terraces, CNY 5~10 yuan per.

Take a chartered car: CNY 300 a day to visit around Yuanyang Rice Terraces, and about CNY 100 to get to Laohuzui Rice Terraces.  

Kunming-Nansa County-Xinjie Town-Bada Rice Terraces

Take the regular bus from Kunming to Nansha county, then take the mini bus to Xinjie town(CNY 10 per, departing from 7:00~20:00). From Xinjie town to the entrance of the Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces or from the entrance to each scenic spot, you can rent a car to go, CNY 5~10 per.

Kunming – Jianshui/Gejiu – Yuanyang

Kunming East Passenger Station: leaving for Jianshui or Gejiu and costing CNY 85 per and 3 or 4 hours and a half. And train from Kunming to Jianshui is also available. Then you can take a regular bus to Yuanyang, CNY 16-32 per. 

‣ Attraction Travel Tips

Two Spots to Shoot Sunset:

The Cloud Sea of Bada Rice Terraces

The Cloud Sea of Bada Rice Terraces

Bada Rice Terraces has two viewing decks that offer views at similar heights but different lateral perspectives. One viewing platform is faced with the sun directly so when you take photos of the rice paddies, the ridges of the rice terraces are in vertical scene. The other platform displays the side view of paddies. Between two viewing decks, there is a footpath. Either of them is a good choice for photographers.

Others travel tips

The weather forecast of Yuanyang on the Internet may be not exact because the weather of the rice terraces area is always changeable and unpredictable. 
The temperature here varies greatly between day and night. Please pay attention to keep warm especially in early morning and at night.

Distances from Others Scenic Areas in Yuanyang County:

Duoyishu Rice Terraces: about 2.7 kilometers

Laohuzui Rice Terraces: about 5 kilometers

Jingkou Folk Village: about 2.5 kilometers

About Ticket

The day ticket is CNY 100 (including Duoyishu, Bada, Laohuzui Scenic Areas and Jingkou Folk village).

The through ticket is CNY 180 (you can visit the above four scenic areas in ten days of validity).

The annual ticket is CNY 360 (you can visit the above four scenic areas in one year of validity).

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