Stairway to Heaven - The Hani Rice Terraces of Yunnan Province

From its source high up in the Hengduan Mountains near the ancient cities of Dali and Shang-ri La, the Red River flows 714 miles through China’s Yunnan province before spilling out into the... Show more

From its source high up in the Hengduan Mountains near the ancient cities of Dali and Shang-ri La, the Red River flows 714 miles through China’s Yunnan province before spilling out into the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam. On its way it passes through lands of enchantment and ways of life barely touched for a thousand years. It is the combination of both that creates the Red River’s greatest spectacle - the rice terraces carved and farmed by the Hani people out of the slopes of the Ailao mountains of southern Yunnan province. Largely undisturbed for centuries in these remote lands, the Hani and Yi people have created one of the greatest spectacles of land sculpture to be found anywhere. Only in the past 10 years have roads opened up this way of life to outsiders. I went to have a look - I did not count on the fog. Show less