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Yuan Yang 元阳 Travel Guide

Yuan Yang Overview

A favourite with photographers, the Yuan Yang rice terraces have been fashioned from the hillsides by the Hani people over centuries. Best viewed at sunrise and towards sunset when the paddies reflect the sun-setting sky turning the terraces into what has been described as a “silver ladder.” The climatic conditions here in the steep valleys also make it a prime tea producing region with the refreshing Yunwu tea being a favourite. All in all Yuan Yang is an interesting and adventurous multi-day trip from Kunming.

Best Months to Visit Yuan Yang

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Best Reason to Visit Yuan Yang

To see some of the most impressive rice terraces in China, if not the world.

Top Attractions in Yuan Yang

The best place to see the terraces is in the south of Yuanyang County the terraces cover the mountainside extending 2,000 meters from the mountain top down to the valley. In winter and spring each year the valley is filled with dense mists leaving the peaks of the mountains floating like islands in a sea of cloud.

Weather Averages for Yuan Yang

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Our Top Yuan Yang Travel Tip

Worth adding in to any trip in this area and a must for photographers.

Yuan Yang Hotels

As this a trip to Yuan Yang is normally a package standard class hotels are used.

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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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