Although not exactly a tourist destination, hordes of photographers have visited Yuanyang Rice Terraces. The landscape changes vividly through the year. In April the terraces are all green as rice started to grow, in later parts of the year it is yellowish brown as the rice ripens. In February, the terraces become naked bare earth, with the water reflecting the sky.
"The Honghe Hani terraces are an outstanding reflection of elaborate and finely tuned agricultural, forestry and water-distribution systems that are reinforced by long-standing and distinctive socioeconomic-religious systems," said the council in the announcement last Saturday..
"Its terraced landscape reflects, in an exceptional way, a specific interaction with the environment mediated by integrated farming and water-management systems, and underpinned by socioeconomic-religious systems that express the dual relationship between people and gods, and between individuals and community, a system that has persisted for at least a millennium, as can be shown by extensive archival sources."
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willperrett (7016) 2014-03-05 11:52
I don't understand TE sometimes: how can a great shot like this not attract any interest? Maybe because it isn't a colourful postcard! But your b/w treatment is strong, and by suppressing the colour, you make us take account of the patterns made by the rice terraces. It's more graphic, and less pretty, which for me is all to the good.
kasianowak (6435) 2014-03-05 13:26
I agree entirely with what Will has said. It's one of the best images posted on TE in the last few days. The terraces create an interesting pattern and contrast nicely with the texture of the cloud above.
Looks great in black and white.
oss (425) 2014-03-10 12:49
I go a bit further into your gallery and I see you have some more shots of this incredible place. I totally agree with willperet; I don't understand either why you don't have many more points. Be patient. To me your work is quite extraordinary. The graphics are great and you master B&W very well.