Centuries old rice terraces in the early morning, Duoyishi, Yunnan Province, China

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Centuries old rice terraces in the early morning, Duoyishi, Yunnan Province, China
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The sheer scale of the rice terraces around Yuanyang in Yunnan Province, China, has to be seen to be believed. Amazing that they were all carved out of the hillside centuries ago by farmers and their water buffalo so that each holds water at a level that doesn't vary by more than 2 inches to correspond with the exacting growth standards of rice. Some of the water-filled terraces are reflecting the blue morning sky.
Location: Honge Hani rice terraces, Duoyishu, Yunnan Province, China