February 26, 2017: The Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, China

 

At 05:00 am, we set off and arrived at the village of Duoyishu, long before the sun peeked around the mountain edge. We listened to the village coming to life and gasped at the unreal scenery, an enormous area of terraces carved from the mountain slopes, still sitting there in the semi-darkness. Even the chilly temperatures could not distract us from this most impressive scenery. It was just the six of us enjoying this magic awakening. For two hours, we watched the ever changing light and took photo after photo.

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Around noon, we were back in Yuanyang and we started out again at 04:00 pm. We arrived two hours too early so wandered around and found a nice view point, closer to the terraces. We looked into a valley of terraces cascading down the surrounding mountain slopes. The vastness of the cultivated area was simply overwhelming.

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It is an amazing landscape, Marilyn.  I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this place.  Beautifully captured, Gilles, and I pay you the highest complement I can any travel writer -- you really made me want to be there with you!

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