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Yuanyang Travel Guide

Yuanyang is a picturesque county located in the southern part of Yunnan province. Renowned for its stunning terraced rice fields, which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yuanyang offers a feast for the eyes with its awe-inspiring natural beauty. 

This travel guide will take you on a journey through the enchanting landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable experiences that await you in Yuanyang.

Yunnan Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Chinese: 元阳 yuán yáng

Location: Southern Yunnan

Population (urban area): 359,155

Why Visit Yuanyang?

  • Breathtaking Terraced Rice Fields: Being included on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Yuanyang Rice Terracesare a magnificent agricultural wonder of this county, and they are the masterpieces of generations of Hani people. Visiting there, you will marvel at the mosaic colors and breathtaking views of them, especially at sunrise and sunset.
  • DiverseEthnic Culture: Yuanyang is home to seven ethnic groups who have inhabited the region for centuries, and they have created colorful cultures there. Hence, it must be a wonderful experience for you to learn their traditions, attend colorful festivals, and get handicrafts as souvenirs.
  • Authentic Village Life: If you are tired of a busy life in the metropolitan, then visit Yuanyangof Honghe in Yunnan, China. There, you can experience the traditional village life with a slow pace. Besides, you can interact with friendly locals and taste authentic cuisine.

Top Tourist Attractions in Yuanyang

Ethnic Market Bazaar
It is a good place to experience the vibrant atmosphere with local characteristics. People dress up and hang there carrying a pack basket. Never miss the diverse agricultural products, local snacks, and barbecues.
Azheke Village
This natural village in Yuanyang has an elevation of 1,880 above sea level, with clouds hovering over the area. Along with its well-preserved mushroom houses, it shows the harmony between human beings and nature.

Top Things to Do in and around Yuanyang

Hike the Terraced Rice Fields

Yuanyang has many beautiful and vast areas of terraced rice fields, and it must be a great experience for you to hike there. Stepping on Hani Rice Terraces in Yuanyang of China on your Yunnan tours, you will be amazed by the charm of nature. Moreover, the grand and magnificent terraces cultivated by the Hani people adapt to the changing topography of the mountains, and they present panoramic views at every turn.

Read more about the 7 Most Breathtaking Rice Terraces in China

Explore the Ethnic Market

Yuanyang County of China is home to many ethnic groups and there are many vibrant ethnic markets in the county. Shengcun Market, Xinjie Market, and Niujiao Village Market are the most popular markets where you can shop for local handicrafts, taste traditional delicacies, and engage with locals. Besides, the market days vary in different villages, and most villages host a bustling market twice a week.

Attend Cultural Performances

As a county with diverse ethnic groups and cultures, Yuanyang greets visitors with a variety of cultural activities and performances. You can attend the traditional dances, music, and the famous Hani Long Table Banquet, a grand feast showing the rich culinary heritage of this place.

Soak in Hot Springs

Hot springs are one of Yunnan’s significant treasures, and almost every prefecture and county in Yunnan boasts its own hot springs, and Yuanyang is no exception. As a home to many natural hot springs, it offers a good opportunity for you to soak in the hot springs after a day trip to Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Yunnan.

Yunnan Yuanyang Ethnic Market Bazaar
Ethnic Market Bazaar

Yuanyang Weather & Best Time to Visit Yuanyang

Yuanyang enjoys a pleasant subtropical climate, characterized by mild temperatures throughout the year. The best time to visit there is during the months from November to April when the terraced rice fields are at their most charming and vibrant. 

Yuanyang Transportation

Getting to Yuanyang

The nearest airport to Yuanyang is Kunming Changshui International Airport. There, you can take a bus to Yuanyang from Kunming, which takes about 8 hours. Besides, Yuanyang offers buses connecting nearby cities like Jianshui, and it takes about 2 hours from Jianshui to Yuanyang.

Getting around Yuanyang

Local buses, taxis, and motorbikes are available for you to explore Yuanyang. Also, you can hire a private car or join organized tours to get to Yuanyang Rice Terraces conveniently and visit the attractions comfortably.

Yuanyang Expressway
Yuanyang Expressway

Other Popular Destinations in Yunnan

Yunnan is a beautiful land with quite a lot of tourist attractions. Below are some remarkable destinations in Yunnan, and you can explore them after your Yuanyang Rice Terraces tours.


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