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Keywords:Sunset, Cloud Sea, Photograph

Location: 14 kilometer from Xinjie town(the old town) of Yuanyang County, Honghe Hani and YI Autonomous Prefecture

Rice Terraces Area: 950 hectare

About Bada Rice Terraces:

Bada Rice Terraces Scenic Area mainly includes Quanfuzhuang Rice Terraces, Malizhai Rice Terraces, Bada Rice Terraces and Shangmadian Rice Terraces. It is featured by the Stereoscopic and spectacular scenery, beautiful curved line and widest occupation. 

The endless thousands of terraces is like the ladders to the heaven with over 3700 levels, rising up from the 800 meters of Malizhai River to 2000 meters of the summit of the mountain. Bada Rice Terraces of more than 3700 gradients are glittering and shimmering during the sunset, just like a mysterious wonderland. When talking about Bada Rice Terraces, the words like "Magnificent","Dreamlike","Fantastic" and "the Beauty of Lines" can be used to describe it literally. It is a good place to appreciate and shoot the sunset, sea of cloud and the village.

Bada Rice Terraces in Yuangyang County   Bada Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County

Magnificent Sunset of Bada Rice Terraces

Best Time to Visit:

Because Bada Rice Terraces face to the east by the west, it is a best place to shoot the amazing sunset. That is to say, the best time to appreciate Bada Rice Terraces is at the dusk. When the sun shines on the rice paddies of 950 hectares from 800 meters to 2000 meters, the spectacular scenery may shock and thrill you. In the winter time after autumn harvest, the rice terraces are filled with water and when sunset glow shines upon the paddies, the terraces first turns pink, then rosy and later dark red, pink, golden and white at length. 

The sun goes down during 18:00~20:00. In the spring time (March to May), it is usually during 19:10~19:50, in summer (June to August) at 19:25~19:57, in autumn (September to November) at 18:20~19:26 and in winter (December to February) at 18:20~19:11. If you are professional photographers, you’d better get to Bada Rice Terraces at 16:00 and find a good location for some great pictures with rice terraces, sea of clouds, Hani villages and sunset.

Except the sunset, the sea of clouds over Bada Rice Terraces add more mysterious feel and when standing on the top of the rice paddies and looking down, you may have the scene that you were standing in a fairyland.

Bada Rice Terraces Cloud Sea   Bada Rice Terraces Cloud Sea

The Cloud Sea of Bada Rice Terraces

Two Spot to Shoot the Sunset:

Bada Rice Terraces has two viewing decks that offer views at similar heights but different lateral perspectives. One viewing platform faces the sun directly and when you take pictures of the rice paddies, the ridges of the rice terraces line in vertical scene. While, the other viewing platform offers side view of the spectacular rice paddies. There is a footpath from the first viewing deck leading to the second viewing deck. Travelers or photographers can try both locations to photograph amazing pictures.

Distances from Others Scenic Areas in Yuanyang County:

Duoyishu Rice Terraces: about 2.7 kilometers
Laohuzui Rice Terraces: about 5 kilometers
Jingkou Folk Village: about 2.5 kilometers

About ticket:

The day ticket is CNY 100 (including Duoyishu, Bada, Laohuzui Scenic Areas and Jingkou Folk village).
The through ticket is CNY 180 ( you can visit the above four scenic areas in ten days of validity).
The annual ticket is CNY 360 ( you can visit the above four scenic areas in one year of validity).


There is one 3-star hotel called Yuanyang Yunti Hotel in Xinjie Town and travelers are recommended to spend your night there. Besides, there are many hostels in Xinjie Town and other scenic areas and if you want to find a hostel with basic facilities close to the scenic area, you’ve got a lot of choice.

‣‣‣  Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Travel Guide

‣‣‣  Yuanyang County Travel Guide

‣‣‣  Tours Including Yuanyang Rice Terraces

• 3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces Photograph Tour

• 7 Days Kunming Mile Jianshui Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces Photograph Tour

 10 Days Yunnan Photograph Tour to Kunming Dongchuan Red Soil and Yuanyang Hani Rice Terrace Field

Admission Fee:¥100

Opening Hours: 8:00~20:00

Attraction Transportation:

You can take the regular bus from Kunming to Yuanyang in Kunming South Passenger Station at 10:20/12:30/19:00 every day, CNY 139 per, lasting 5 to 6 hours.

You can take the regular bus from Kunming to Nansha county then take the mini bus to Xinjie town(CNY 10 per, departing from 7:00~20:00). From Xinjie town to the entrance of the Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces or from the entrance to each scenic spot, you can rent a car to go, CNY 5~10 yuan per.

Or you can choose another route to get to Yuanyang: Kunming - Jianshui/Gejiu - Yuanyang.

Attraction Travel Tips:

Hani Ethnic Festivals & Traditions:

Hani people would celebrate some traditional festivals, like Hani New Year, Kuzhazha Festival, etc.

Hani New Year is like the Spring Festival of Han. It takes place in the first Dragon Day of the 10th lunar month each year and lasts 5 to 6 days and even as long as 13 days. Every family would prepare chicken, pork to worship their ancestors and family members gather together to enjoy the union. In the last day of the New Year, a Long Table Banquet will be arranged and tables will be laid in the street which can extend to one kilometer long. Each family will serve the most sumptuous dishes to fill up a table and enjoy the banquet together.

Kuzhazha Festival takes place from lunar June 23 to 26 and every family makes sticky rice, sets the feast, makes fresh rice and worships the ancestor.

Others travel tips:

The weather forecast of Yuanyang on the Internet may be not exact because the weather of the rice terraces area is always changeable and unpredictable. 
The temperature here varies greatly between day and night. Please pay attention to keep warm especially in early morning or at night.

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