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Yuanyang is famous for cultivating terraced fields and Hani minority has created an environmental wonder in mountain area. Their culture is a terraced field agricultural civilization, which has a perfect agriculture system and an agro-worship system as well, the concept of worship is built on the basis that man and nature are in harmony, countless terraced fields are an evidence of this belief.

There are no historical records as to when terraced fields were first used. However, according to ancient bronze ware which depicts the plowing techniques and folk customs of the Yi and Hani ethnic groups, they surely have a long standing history.

The best place to view the terraced fields is in the south of Yuanyang County, where the mountains are covered with terraces extending 2,000 meters, from the mountain top down to the valley. In winter and spring each year, the valley is filled with heavy mist, and the two mountains are like islands floating in a sea of cloud. Between the terraces, which reflect silver light, are stretches of green tea plantations. With plenty of rain and heavy mists, the Yunwu Tea (cloud and mist tea) produced in the town by the Yi ethnic group is extremely refreshing. The Yis are a people who love singing and dancing. Their dances imitate a hunt and have 36 parts, describing the hunting activities of their ancestors.

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