Yuanyang travel photography – China

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Yuanyang is a county located at an average of 2000m above sea level in the Southern part of the Yunnan province. The area features some of the world’s most breathtaking rice terraces! If you are heading to Yuanyang from Jianshui, it is a 3.5-hour bus journey to Xinjie followed by a short 30 minutes minivan transfer to Pugao. While the area of Yuanyang extends over 20 kilometers, Pugao is the handiest option since there are many hostels and guesthouses in the village.

There is an easy but long 22 kilometers return walk starting from Pugao all the way to the Bada viewpoint. It goes through Huangcaoling, Hetaozhai, Shengcun, Lao Yin Zui and Malizhai. It gets you through wonderful sceneries and it is the best way to enjoy Yuanyang. You can also opt for a walk to the mushroom village which is in the opposite direction of the Bada viewpoint. It is a short 8 kilometers return walk.

I was told by locals that winter time, somewhere around Decemember, is the best period to enjoy Yuanyang. Not only because the rice terraces are filled up with water but also because the sky tends to be pure blue and less hazy. When approaching the rainy season, the weather is much more chaotic. These photographs do not give justice to how amazing is Yuanyang. It has been pretty much pouring all the time…

 

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