Laohuzui Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County,Honghe

Chinese Name: 老虎嘴梯田

Keywords: Sunset, Photograph

Location: 50 km south from the Nansha town(the new Yuanyang town) and 23 km south from Xinjie town( the old Yuanyang town), Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

Rice Terraces Area: more than 8.5 square kilometers

Admission Fee:¥100

Opening Hours: 8:00~Sunset

▶ About Laohuzui Rice Terraces

Laohuzui(Tiger Mouth)Rice Terraces scenic area mainly consists of Mengpin Village, Dongfu Village, Amengkong Village, Baoshan Village and etc. It got the name due to its shape. The zigzag highway traverses the cliff of the mountainside, and beats away a breach at one corner, which presents an image of tiger mouth.


Laohuzhui Rice Terraces

With the precipitous gradient and the grandest layout, the Terraces are featured by the strong gradation and the wonderful color. Between two mountains is the whole valley and the gradient is above 70 degrees. Under the villages are green hills and trees, running water and villages. Layers of terraces vertically drop into river valley, which is pretty grand.

What’s more, it is the best place to enjoy natural landscape, manners and customs of of Yi people.

▶ Main Attractions in Laohuzui Rice Terraces

 Mengpin Village (Mengpincun, 勐品村)

Mengpin Village is in a mountain area.  Planting, cultivation and tourism are characteristic industries there. Natural beauty, rural custom and terraces make there a fantastic picture. 

Amengkong Village(Amengkong, 阿勐控)

Looking to the west, you will see three mountains of backbone in which more than 2000 mu terraces of Amengkong stretch from the South to the West. Suddenly high or low, suddenly big or small, suddenly bending or straightening, terraces are like big dragons waving in the sunset.

Baoshan Village (Baoshanzhai, 保山寨)

Terraces of Baoshan Village has one of the best beauties of lines, figures and stereoscopy.  

▶ 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.

▶ Best Time to Visit

Wonderful Sunset with the Changeable Color Reflected on the Water

Wonderful Sunset with the Changeable Color Reflected on the Water

The best moment to enjoy the marvelous rice terraces view is the sunset period. In addition, the sunrise and cloud sea in Laohuzui are also very beautiful.


From November to April, the terraces are in irrigation period. Most amazing pictures on the Internet are shooted at that time. In May, the Laohuzui rice fields turn into green from yellow, right after the farmers did the rice seedlings at the end of spring. 


▶ Accommodation

There is one 3-star hotel called Yuanyang Yunti Hotel in Xinjie Town and travelers are recommended to spend night there. Besides, there are many hostels in Xinjie Town and other scenic areas and if you want to find a hostel with basic facilities close to the scenic area, you’ve got a lot of choice.

▶ Attraction Transportation

Kunming-Yuanyang(Xinjie Town)-Laohuzhui 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-Laohuzhui 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


laohuzhui Rice Terraces

Laohuzui Rice Terraces has two viewing areas, one high up near the access road that has recently been enclosed by a 200-meter fence. The upper area is easy to become a noisy traffic jam before sunset, when tour buses, private cars and trucks clog the narrow road outside the other upper viewing area.

No matter which platform you choose, it is advisable to show up for at least an hour before sunset to get a good spot. There is also a lower area that can be reached after walking down a set of switchbacks. You may want to skip the lower platform if you have bad knees as the climb back up is fairly strenuous.

Other Travel tips

The visitors usually set off to Laohuzui Rice Terraces after 4:30 pm, you can check out the time of sunset on the Internet or ask the local people.

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 or at night.

Distances from Others Scenic Areas in Yuanyang:

Duoyishu Rice Terraces: about 7.2 kilometers

Bada Rice Terraces: about 5 kilometers

Qingkou Folk Village: about 4.8 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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