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Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang, Yuanyang County, China
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Amazing but fog is unpredictable. Travel from Kunming or Jianshui.

I had an amazing time at the terraces (even if a few of my days were hindered by fog). I went in... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Hazard to get there, but worth it!

The bus from / to Kunming South Busstation to Yuanyang Xinjie took about 8,5 hours. It just takes... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Katinka v
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Yuanyang, Yuanyang County, China
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

I had an amazing time at the terraces (even if a few of my days were hindered by fog). I went in January and got days both with and without fog. It rolls in and out really quickly so you just have to be patient....More

Thank Elli_Traveling
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The bus from / to Kunming South Busstation to Yuanyang Xinjie took about 8,5 hours. It just takes that long - no fog, bad traffic or anything else. There is one stop, at a rather rancid place where you cannot buy any real food. We...More

Thank Katinka v
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Our tour company advertised a 5 to 6-hr drive by private van from Kumning to the Yuanyang Hani Terrace scenic spot. Unfortunately, Monday April 2 was the start of the Tomb Cleaning holiday and everyone seemed headed for the country along with us. We left...More

Thank Kris M
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Door to door, it took us 11 hours to get here from Kunming. Was Yuanyang nice? Yes. Was it worth an 11 hour journey. No. As a top site of China per the Lonely Planet I expected too much. The scenery wasn't spectacular and the...More

1  Thank engrob84
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

You must be there to believe your eyes, stunning view of the rice terraces, many colors, see the sunrise and in the sunset. I got excellent weather - no fog. You should pay 100 yuan to get to this area. You can go from point...More

1  Thank yboxer
Reviewed 15 April 2017

If you go to Yunnan, you must go and see such natural sights of man made farm terraces. It's a 7 hour ride from Kunming but it is worth it.

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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Apparently you have to be extremely lucky to see sunrise and sunset here. It's mostly foggy and the weather changes by the hour. And I wouldn't recommend cycling here because it's too foggy and a lot of walking down muddy road to villages or scenic...More

2  Thank Great8899
Reviewed 1 April 2017

When I was there in late March, the weather was very foggy, totally no view of the surrounding. As recommended by the hostel, I joined a group of fellow travelers to hike about an hour, 5km, from Douyishu (多依樹) to the mushroom village. Village was...More

14  Thank LG_Kay
Reviewed 14 March 2017

It takes a long time to get here from kunming, the terraces are not very conveniently located. But that can be a good thing, as the remote location limits the potential hordes of tourists that would otherwise descend upon yuanyang. For travelers who are up...More

2  Thank global845
Reviewed 9 February 2017

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces are rated as one of China's top attractions. Some say that winter is the best time to visit as the water in the terraces makes the sunrises and sunsets particularly spectacular. Unfortunately, during our winter visit it rained constantly with only...More

1  Thank Martin W
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5 November 2016|
Response from Sing Ngan L | Reviewed this property |
Most of the guesthouses have zircon. Shouldn't be a problem looking for one with zircon rooms.
15 February 2016|
Response from Jerzy G |
The thing is that the scope of walking depends entirely on you. You want to walk, you walk... You just want to see - you hire a local guide, eg. Belinda (a very nice, English speaking person) who can drive you arround and... More
9 January 2016|
Response from sonia m |
It​ is a mix right now. Some are green and lot's have water in them. they look nice but it has been pretty raining. We walked in the rain yesterday. Today was raining and misty.