These photos were taken in Dec. 2006 showing the status and amazing beauty of Hani terrace wetland tourism in Yuanyang of Yunnan Province in China and presenting the colorful Hani custom and long farming history and culture.
Yuanyang Hani terrace culture has a long history, and according to historical records it could date back to over 1,300 years ago. Developed and cultivated for such a long time, it has become a healthy and sustainable agricultural ecosystem featured by four layers terrace - villages - irrigation system - forest. It is a typical example of harmonious coexistence between human beings and the nature.
And now, Hani terrace became the first national wetland park in Yunnan Province, and at the end of the year it was included among the 35 world cultural heritage nominees released by China lately. Presently, it is the only cultural heritage in the list that comes from Yunnan Province.