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Duoyishu Rice Terraces: A Stunning Blend of Nature and Culture

Duoyishu Rice Terraces is the most frequent subject among all the stunning pictures of Yuanyang Rice Terraces. It covers an area of about 650 hectares and is about 23 kilometers from Xinjie Town, at an altitude of 1,900 meters. The contiguous terraced fields in Duoyishu are mainly composed of Huangcaoling, Duoyishu, Aichun, Dawazhe, etc.

Duoyishu Rice Terraces is embraced by soaring mountains on three sides, and with the rest side cascading into a verdant valley. The terraced fields stretch across the slopes at angles ranging from 25° to 50°, looking like beautiful bays from afar. Boasting rich layers and graceful lines, Duoyishu is the ideal spot to capture awe-inspiring sunrise vistas, and Sea of Clouds.

If you want to witness the most beautiful terraced field example of Yuanyang, don’t miss Duoyishu on your Yunnan travel.

Fast Facts of Duoyishu Rice Terraces

  • Location: Yuanyang County, Shengcun Township, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
  • Area: more than 650 acres
  • Opening Hours: 6:00-20:00
  • Ticket Price: Included in the Yuanyang Rice Terraces entrance fee (CNY 70 per person, valid for 3 days).
  • Travel Essentials: Comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, and a camera
  • Time Needed: About half a day
  • Highlights: Stunning sunrise vistas, sea of clouds over terraced fields, Hani villages
  • Suited to: Nature lovers, photographers, and travelers seeking an authentic cultural experience.

Why Visit Duoyishu Rice Terraces? – Highlights

Magnificent Natural Landscape & Sunrise Spectacle

Lying among the rugged mountains, Duoyishu Rice Terraces is impressive for its immense scale, rich layers, and sinuous lines. The surrounding peaks, thick mist, ancient villages along with the vast rice terraces create a magnificent agricultural landscape.

And its scenery comes to the most picturesque at the sunrises. In the early morning, under the sun’s golden rays, the terraces shimmer with vibrant colors, transforming the landscape into a fairy-tale world. When the sun’s rays pierce through the mist, the water’s surface of the terraces shows different reflections with the ever-changing light. This spectacular play of light and shadow will impress all who witness it. And also, will offer photography enthusiasts great photo opportunities.

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Admire the Amazing Sunset View

Rich Layers

The rice terraces look like a grand staircase, with thousands of terraced levels cascading from the mountaintop to the valley. The Hani people fully utilized hilly terrain to maximize their arable land, and created this towering grandeur.

The edges of the terraces shape each field into a unique geometric shape. When viewed from afar, the grid pattern of the terraces exudes both orderliness and fluid dynamism. The overall layering effect is further enhanced thanks to the different heights and water levels of the terraces.

Ethereal Mist and Fog

Thanks to the abundant water and geographical location, Duoyishu Rice Terraces are often shrouded in mist and fog. With the thick mist covering the surrounding terraces and villages, the whole scenic area exude a mystical atmosphere. This phenomenon just contributes to the tranquility and mystery of Duoyishu, creating a hazy spectacle.

Hani Culture and Traditional Villages

Besides the stunning natural landscapes, Duoyishu Rice Terraces also offer an encounter with Hani culture and architecture. From generation to generation, the Hani people have sculpted and maintained these undulating terraces. Thus, visitors can expect to look into their agricultural practices, and land management techniques during a visit here.

Much of the intangible cultural heritage is related to the terraces, including their festivals, celebrations, attire, etc. And visiting Duoyishu Terraces will offer you an insight into their traditional dances, religious beliefs, history, and traditional customs.

Five ancient Hani villages are surrounding this area. These villages feature distinct dwellings, which are known as mushroom houses, with their earthen structures being covered with thatched roofs. Visitors can walk into these villages and appreciate the Hani people’s architectural ingenuity up close. Moreover, you can interact with local people, and gain more essence of their life and culture.

A World Cultural Heritage Site

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces, including the Duoyishu Scenic Area, have been included by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Since it stands as a masterpiece of human ingenuity and a harmonious coexistence between humankind and nature.

For centuries, it bears witness to the Hani people’s agricultural and cultural heritage. Locals still adhere to the traditional lunar-based farming practices and align their activities with the rhythms of nature. The rice terraces along with the traditional villages, sacred sites, and lush forests create a unique cultural landscape.

More than mere agricultural fields, the terraces are also home to a remarkable biodiversity. A variety of plant species, diverse insect populations, aquatic life, and various species inhabit here.

Photography Tips

  • Get to the viewing platform early. It opens at 6:00 AM, but many photographers arrive there as early as 5:00 to get a prime spot.
  • The moment before sunrise is the best time to capture the rice terraces when the colors are most vibrant.
  • In late March, during the spring plowing, you’ll get a chance to shoot the rice terraces and locals engaging in agricultural work. This will enhance the storytelling potential of your photos.
  • Recommended spots to view and shoot sunrise around Duoyishu: Duoyishu Viewing platform (best spot for sunrise), Sisu Viewpoint (lesser known), Azheke Village (shoot terraces and mushroom-shaped dwellings), and the surrounding elevated ridges and high points (less crowded, and more personalized).

Best Time to Visit

November to March of the following year is the time when Duoyishu Rice Terraces offer the most captivating scenes and experiences. During this time, the terraces are filled with water after the harvest. As a consequence, they show more distinct layers under the sunlight. And the overall scenery is more charming as the waters reflect the blue sky and clouds.

The scenery in the early morning is particularly eye-catching, with mist-shrouded rice paddies, and magic play of light and shadow over the terraces.

Period around the Chinese New Year will not only offer vibrant colors and mirror-like terraces but also reward you with chances to immerse in local cultural festivities.

Attractions Nearby

  • Jianshui Ancient Town: About 100 kilometers north of Duoyishu, Jianshui Ancient Town is a well-preserved ancient town with many historical sites.
  • Yuanyang Rice Terraces: a breathtaking natural wonder features a unique system of irrigation and terracing used for centuries by the Hani people.

How to Get to Duoyishu Rice Terraces?

Get to Yuanyang

You can take a long-distance bus from Kunming South Bus Station to Nansha Station or Xinjie Station in Yuanyang. Xinjie Station is closer to Duoyishu than Nansha Station. The bus ride from Kunming to Yuanyang will take about 4-5 hours and cost about CNY 88-107.

Also, you can take a high-speed train from Kunming to Jianshui, Mengzi or Honghe Railway Stations. From each of the stations, there are frequent buses to Yuanyang.

From Yuanyang to Duoyishu Rice Terraces

After arriving at Yuanyang, you can take a local bus that disembark at Duoyishu.

Alternatively, local taxis and minibuses offer carpooling or charter services directly to Duoyishu. You can choose any options upon your preferences. Typically, carpooling from Nansha to Duoyishu costs about CNY 30 per person, and about CNY 15 per person from Xinjie to Duoyishu.

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