Duoyishu Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County,Honghe

Keywords: Sunrise, Photograph

Location: about 27 kilometers from Xinjie town (the old town) of Yuanyang County

Rice Terraces Area: 400 hectares

Admission Fee:¥100

Opening Hours: 6:00~17:00 

About Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Duoyishu Rice Terraces Scenic Area got its name from the local Duoyi, a beautiful place inhabited by Hani people. It is composed of Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Huangcaoling Rice Terraces, Aichun Rice Terraces and Pugaolao Village, etc. The altitude of Duoyishu Village is over 1,700 meters. The 9,700 acres’ of terraces below the village is the best spot to watch the sunrise.

Wonderful Sunrise and Fantastic Cloud Sea in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Wonderful Sunrise and Fantastic Cloud Sea in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Early in the morning, when the bright sun comes up to the top of the mountain, sunglow lights half of the sky, and then the full mountain of terraces are glittering. It seems that the mountain is wearing such a colorful dress that it dazzles people’s eyes.

The terraces here are always lost in the cloud and mist. The sea of clouds appears hither and thither and varies quickly. It is over the high mountain and on the next moment, it suddenly disappears without a trace. In the process of waiting, you will marvel at the extremely wonderful scenery and natural masterpiece, and you will be thrilled at the hard work of generations of Hani people.

‣ Best Time to Visit

November to next April

The best season to visit is from November to next April because the terraces are in irrigation period at that time. Both season has its own charm in Duoyishu Rice Terraces. In spring, local Hani people and cattle are working in the fields, and the whole terraces turn into green. In summer, the sea of clouds over the rice terraces is changeable but more charming.

The Scenic View of Sunrise in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

The Scenic View of Sunrise in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Highlights

Sunrise

Duoyishu Rice Terraces Scenic Area is the best spot to appreciate sunrise. The scenery with changeable color reflected in the water and spectacular terraces appear an indistinct but fantastic view.

 

‣ Hani Ethnic Festivals & Traditions

Hani people would celebrate some traditional festivals, like Hani New Year, Kuzhazha Festival, etc.

Hani New Year

Hani New Year is like the Spring Festival of Han. It takes place in the first Dragon Day of the 10th lunar month each year and lasts 5 to 6 days and even as long as 13 days. Every family would prepare chicken, pork to worship their ancestors and family members gather 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 fill 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 every family makes sticky rice, sets the feast, makes fresh rice and worships the ancestor.

Wonderful Sunrise and Fantastic Cloud Sea in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Wonderful Sunrise and Fantastic Cloud Sea in Duoyishu Rice Terraces

Accommodation

There are many hostels in Duoyishi Scenic Area. Some of them are pretty close to the higher viewing decks in several minutes’ walk and others are near the lower viewing deck in Pugao Old Village. Travelers fond of photographing are recommended to stay around the higher viewing decks. And in Xinjie Old Town, there is only one 3-star hotel called Yuanyang Yunti Hotel. 

Attraction Transportation

Kunming-Yuanyang(Xinjie Town)-BadaRice 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 Transportation

Distances from Others Scenic Areas in Yuanyang County:

Bada Rice Terraces: about 2.7 kilometers

Laohuzui Rice Terraces: about 7.2 kilometers

Qingkou Folk Village: about 5 kilometers

Shengcun Village: about 0.1 kilometers (you can visit the ethnic market day in Shengcun Village.)

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).

Others Travel Tips:

The visitors usually set off to Duoyishu Scenic Area in early morning. If you would like to find a good place to shoot the sunrise, you had better get up earlier.

The weather forecast of Yuanyang on the Internet may not be 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 or at night.

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