June 19, 2010

Beautiful giant rice terraces of Yuanyang, Yunnan, China

Locations: Yuanyang, Yunnan, China (23° 9' 15 N 102° 44' 52 E)
Date: 27 February 2007; 4.10pm

Camera: Canon 300D with kit lens

Yuanyang is one of the most popular places for photography, at least amongst Chinese tourists, in China. They come here to photograph the beautiful rice terraces of the Yi minority. Thousands of photographers flock to this part of Yunnan every year especially during the pre-planting season when the terraces are filled with water. One of the reasons for its popularity is due to its easy accessibility from the provincial capital, Kunming. Normally photographers will wake up early in the morning, ride out to capture the sunrise. They then spend the daytime resting and trot out their gears again later in the day for sunset; sunrise around here is more spectacular. Few will venture out during the day and they miss out serene green sceneries as this photo. By the way, Yuanyang is just one of the few enigmatic locations for rice terrace photography in China. Parts of Guizhou such as Jinkeng are equally spectacular.

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