Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Rice Terraces ulasan, Yuanyang County

Yuanyang Rice Terraces
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AMAZING and super complete guided tour with Jacky (rice terraces and local villages)
Jul 2020
This review is more specifically about guided tours/hikes with Jacky. We did an amazing personalized hike through the rice terrace fields with Jacky. He speaks fluent English and will personalize your visit according to what you want. We wanted a good long hike with great photography and he definitely delivered. Spending the day on a guided tour with Jacky was very interesting. On the one hand, he has traveled all over the world and knows a lot about international culture, and on the other hand, you can definitely feel the love he has for his culture and his land. As we walked through the local towns and rice fields, we learned about local customs, religious beliefs, food, languages, clothing customs, and much more. Jacky seemed to know a lot of the locals and it was charming to walk through the villages as he greeted and chatted with them. At some point, we got stuck in rain, and he helped us find shelter at a kind elderly man's summer cabin in the middle of the rice fields. We ended up spending a good hour out of the rain with this 90 year old man, his dog and his chickens, and we kept warm by the fire as he smoked his big bamboo pipe (quite common in the region). It was a very charming and authentic experience. We also learned about local plants (he would get us to sniff different herbs and explained how the locals used them in food and medicine). Keep in mind that the villages in Yuanyang differ a lot culturally from the rest of Yunnan and China, and having lived in China for 2 years, it was really nice to learn about the cultural diversity present in Yuanyang. We had one full day to spend in Pugaolao and we left feeling like we had seen and lived it all after our guided tour with Jacky. Jacky was recommended to us by our hotel (we did not stay at his guesthouse). I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend him as a guide, even if you stay somewhere else in Pugaolao or in another neighboring town. His guided tour was worth every penny and more! Here's his info: WeChat ID: jacky981221 Phone number: 13529732170 ** I'm unable to add pictures to this post because the pictures on my phone are too big and I'm not sure how to make them smaller, but the views were breathtaking during the entire guided tour**

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Thomas
Oldenburg, Jerman5 kontribusi
Des 2020
the bus loads of people that you would normally expect there (and you can see on the view point platforms that they facilitate busloads) were not there, hence we had a very quiet and extremely great holiday in true nature in Yuanyang rice terraces. quite difficult to get to at the moment(december 2020) , but manageable. we took train from Kunming to Jianshui - 10:30 bus to Xinjie and another minibus to our hotel. arrived in the early afternoon.
Ditulis pada 13 Januari 2021
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Josée M
1 kontribusi
Jul 2020 • Teman
This review is more specifically about guided tours/hikes with Jacky. We did an amazing personalized hike through the rice terrace fields with Jacky. He speaks fluent English and will personalize your visit according to what you want. We wanted a good long hike with great photography and he definitely delivered. Spending the day on a guided tour with Jacky was very interesting. On the one hand, he has traveled all over the world and knows a lot about international culture, and on the other hand, you can definitely feel the love he has for his culture and his land. As we walked through the local towns and rice fields, we learned about local customs, religious beliefs, food, languages, clothing customs, and much more. Jacky seemed to know a lot of the locals and it was charming to walk through the villages as he greeted and chatted with them. At some point, we got stuck in rain, and he helped us find shelter at a kind elderly man's summer cabin in the middle of the rice fields. We ended up spending a good hour out of the rain with this 90 year old man, his dog and his chickens, and we kept warm by the fire as he smoked his big bamboo pipe (quite common in the region). It was a very charming and authentic experience. We also learned about local plants (he would get us to sniff different herbs and explained how the locals used them in food and medicine). Keep in mind that the villages in Yuanyang differ a lot culturally from the rest of Yunnan and China, and having lived in China for 2 years, it was really nice to learn about the cultural diversity present in Yuanyang. We had one full day to spend in Pugaolao and we left feeling like we had seen and lived it all after our guided tour with Jacky. Jacky was recommended to us by our hotel (we did not stay at his guesthouse). I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend him as a guide, even if you stay somewhere else in Pugaolao or in another neighboring town. His guided tour was worth every penny and more!

Here's his info:
WeChat ID: jacky981221
Phone number: 13529732170
** I'm unable to add pictures to this post because the pictures on my phone are too big and I'm not sure how to make them smaller, but the views were breathtaking during the entire guided tour**
Ditulis pada 28 Juli 2020
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Mik1984
Guildford, UK262 kontribusi
Apr 2019
There was a very marked path that was safe to walk along. Amazing views of the sunset - photographers heaven! The little shop sold beer so even better to watch the sun go down with a beer!
Ditulis pada 17 Januari 2020
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Bobby S
Jakarta, Indonesia1.946 kontribusi
Jan 2020 • Keluarga
We had to wake early in the morning and leave at dark to reach this place and didn't regret at all to catch breathtaking sunrise scenery of the first light reflecting on paddy field water with the background of thick mist.
Ditulis pada 15 Januari 2020
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RestlessMi
Melbourne, Australia7 kontribusi
Des 2019 • Pasangan
Although getting there was a long process, this is definitely one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences. No photos do this place justice, and it’s just mind boggling how all these terraces were built thousands of years ago with only primitive tools.

Due to the place being a bit out of the way, tourist numbers were still manageable. So unlike many of our other experiences in China.

The locals are also very friendly, and whilst there are some tourist trinket stalls, you don’t feel pressured into buying anything.

Would also highly recommend a visit to the Shengcun market. First “real” market I’ve been to in China that is both interesting AND non-touristy. But you’ll have to check with the locals what days the market runs. The local tribes use a different calendar system.
Ditulis pada 25 Desember 2019
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drwschen
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia35 kontribusi
Mar 2019
The hills are cut into terraces, fill them with rainwater, and plant paddy (rice). As simple as that, for the last 600 years perhaps. The gigantic man made landscape is a marvel. As scenic as it can get, especially at sunrise and sunsets, when the coloured clouds and sun is also reflected from the water filled terraces; the sight offers great opportunities to the avid photographers or even amateurs. The landscape changes throughout the year, from the beginning of planting season where the terraces are water filled, then to the fields of green of the young rice plants growing up, and finally ripening to golden hues at harvest. Pick the right season for your travels to enjoy the different coloured landscapes.
Ditulis pada 3 September 2019
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Mysterious Tibet
Lhasa, Cina1 kontribusi
Des 2018 • Teman
Enjoy the sunrise view of Duoyishu Rice Terraces in the morning, the sunset view of Laohuzui Rice Terraces in the afternoon. The sunset and sunrise views are the highlights tour of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces.
Ditulis pada 7 Juli 2019
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Els H
Ghent, Belgia99 kontribusi
Mei 2019 • Teman
The roce terraces are marvellous and picture perfect.
One wonders how they managed to built this?
Hard labour and long hours, it deserves respect!
Ditulis pada 9 Juni 2019
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Renan
168 kontribusi
Apr 2019 • Sendiri
Based on me going to Duoyishu, Bada and some others along the road. Laohuzui was still closed and inaccessible in April 2019

Nothing can predict whether the sunrise or sunset will be perfect for photos. Basically I saw two sunrises without clouds and one sunset with clouds but no colours. The mirror effect you see on the photos will still be there don't worry but it'll be grey on black sort of colours. You might catch some reflexions of the sun but only a very faint pink or purple colour.
During the day you might not have the blue mirror effect though, it apparently depends on the sky. When I was there in April the sky was blue but the blue mirror effect wasn't there. My driver said it just wasn't the best sky for that.

In terms of travel from Kunming: I had a private driver, we stopped in Jianshui along the way and yes, it takes forever. Even with a driver you should account for an average of 6h. The first half is freeway but the second is only mountain roads and since china is in constant construction, you'll have very slow trucks along the way, which will slow you down. So don't expect to only drive for 5h.

There is nothing to see on the freeway on the way there. All the cities are ugly, even those in the mountains. you'll have to wait to be there to see the nice typical villages. For those who like sleeping on the bus,no FOMO, you can sleep all the way.

The rice terraces set-up is basically in a valley with all the small villages where you're likely to stay being spread out every few km up the mountain. The road makes some sort of massive U shape with the terraces in the middle of the U.

For sunrise and sunset I recommend you be there about 30min in advance. No need to be there 1h in advance. The buses were coming in within 30min of the sunrise / sunset when i was there in April. Once they arrive though, it's every man for himself so secure some space.

I had a driver so I did not try the bus that goes around.

Some of the rice terraces are very well set-up with cafes, restaurants etc.

Take your drone but be aware it's drone central, you might have up to 6 drones in the air at the same time, and many locals don't respect the safety rules so be careful when you fly and don't forget to get your drone registered otherwise you won't be able to fly further than 30m high and 50m far, which basically won't give you anything interesting. It can also be quite windy up there.

a lot of website lists the best seasons as being up to March but in late April there was still water in most of the terraces and no snow (it was actually 30+ degrees celcius in the mountain and 40 degrees down the valley)
Ditulis pada 13 Mei 2019
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Holistr
Kawasan Chongqing, Cina92 kontribusi
Feb 2019 • Teman
This was the first stop on our Yunnan tour and it was an amazing start!

!!! If you are coming from Kunming you can dare to take the overnight bus 7 PM. Though be warned it ends at 2 AM in yunyang xinjie town. You may need a good command of Chinese to handle stay over in the bus till morning. We were lucky that the driver let us sleep over in the bus. But don't count on it. !!!

Came early morning from the town where all busses end (yunyang xinjie) and took the wan for 60 kuai to the village of Pugao Laozhai Village, Duoyishu county. There, our host from FLowers Residence waited for us to take us to the hostel. He even wanted to take our bags.

After putting our bags in the beautiful lobby, getting acquainted with hostel cats and having a morning beer we were ready to shoot the sunrise.

Altogether spent there 3 nights and it was gorgeous. The peace and tranquility. Real holiday relax. Note that we arrived after the season. Most restaurants were closed and hotels empty.

You can hire a wan to take you around the different view and terraces. We paid 300 RMB for half a day driving around with a 1h hike and a sunset view.
You can also just walk alone and enjoy the discovery. If you are fit it will be no big problem for you. Make sure you have enough food and water with you. If you get lost, keep the name card of your hostel and phone number ready so the locals can call them.

ENJOY THE BEAUTY
Ditulis pada 4 April 2019
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