Honghe Hani Rice Terraces-UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Chinese Name: 红河哈尼梯田 English IPA: Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Location: The South of Yunnan Population (city)LanguageZip codeTel codeTime zone:

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are the system of Hani rice-growing terraces located in Honghe Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China. The terraces’ history spans around 1,200 years. Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are distributed in four counties of Honghe Prefecture, including Yuanyang CountyHonghe CountyJinping County and Lvchun County. The total area of Honghe Hani Rice Terrace measures 1,000,000 mu. The core area of the terraces is located in Yuanyang County. In 2013, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were listed as the 45th World Heritage Site in China, making China the second largest world heritage country, second only to Italy.

Highlights of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

1. Hani Rice Terrace Culture: Honghe Hani Rice Terrace has a long history of more than 1200 years. The Best-known rice terraces include Laohuzui(Tiger Mouth) Rice Terrace, Duoyishu Rice Terrace, Bada Rice Terrace and Longshuba Rice Terrace in Yuanyang County; Baohua Samaba Rice Terrace Field(宝华撒玛坝万亩梯田) in Honghe County; as well as Dongzhu Rice Terraces and Lagu Hani Rice Terraces in Lvchun County.

Traditional Kaiyangmen Festival in the Samaba Terraces of Honghe County, Honghe

2. Ethnic groups and culture: There are a great number of ethnic minority people living in Yuanyang County, Honghe County, Jinping County and Lvchun County for generations. Ethnic groups in this area include Hani, Yi, Miao, Dai, Yao and other ethnic minority groups, among them, Hani minority is main ethnic group. Hani people created a brilliant terrace culture. You can have a ethnic minority discovery tour here.

3. A Heaven for Photographers: Every year, a crowd of photographers are attracted by the spectacular view of Honghe Hani rice terrace like sunrise, sunset, sea of cloud. More and more people admire the charm of Honghe Hani rice terrace.