Good morning, Qingkou!
I shot this picture outside the Qingkou Tribe of the Hani minority people, some 6 km South of Yuanyang town.
Most travelers pass through Yunnan Province without realizing that Yuanyang exists. Yuanyang is within the Autonomous Region of Hani and Yi Tribes. No special permit is required to enter. Yunnan is called the gem of ethnic minority people. One in three of the entire Yunnan Province population is minority, and of the 56 ethnic minorities in China, 25 live in Yunnan. However, with the influx of Han Chinese, the unique culture of the tribes is being affected.
While Yuanyang has no nightlife, it has several positive aspects: almost no tourists, photographically beautiful rice terraces stretching across steep hillsides, and daily ethnic minority markets in nearby towns. The markets are packed with minorities of Hani, Yi, Miao, and Yao tribes. Each has their individual customs and dress. The Chinese calendar, such as the day of the bird, determines market dates. The location of the market on a particular day must be ascertained from a local.
The terraced fields of the Hani (Hop Ni) ethnic group in Yuanyang County are spectacular. The fields stretch from the foot of the mountain to the summit, like thousands steps of silver stairs. The smaller plots are only several square meters in size, while the larger pieces are half a hectare. These fields total hundreds of hectares. Yuanyang terraced fields are also called mountain soul by the Hanis. Nov-Apr fields full of water, shimmering May-Oct very green. To south is one of the best places to view. Near Yuanyang, nice terraces extend from river’s edge at Hanipuma village up to Mali village in the mountains. Also, nice area for markets – many different minorities, traditional clothing. Very nice terraces at Kuojie and Qingkou villages (6 km in direction of Luchun); at Mongpeng (11 km further along highway); Xingchun (2-hr walk); Nelgokjie (2˝-hr walk through many villages); Rieshuitan (2˝-hr walk), has hot spring.
With a population of 1.3 million in this region, Hani minority are distinctive in their traditional costumes with silver accessories — their mud brick houses roofed with pine leaves look like mushrooms from a distance.
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Zepi (22848) 2005-06-03 6:13
Quel style !
10 / 10!!!
La meilleur photo qu j'ai vu ce matin.... et de loin!
bnallama (3763) 2005-06-03 6:17
What can I beside WOW? Any PP here. Lovely one. Bala
Albrecht (11281) 2005-06-03 6:30
Wonderful colours and a great composition with the clouds and those flields with all those reflections. Great job, greetings Albrecht
huynt (5079) 2005-06-03 6:32
You knew that Yuanyang is almost no tourists and still be a hidden destination to most of us, then you... temptate me again ;o)
Thanks for showing one more beautiful capture of our globe!
Capel (71) 2005-06-03 7:59
very good work.
Graal (95083) 2005-06-03 8:10
Unusual view and very interesting picture. I like the composition and warm colours. Good note, too. well done.
hugolef (4909) 2005-06-03 10:15
a beautiful picture, i like this orange light, that gives a lovely atmosphere. All seems so quiet. We use to see rice fields with a green color, not orange.
Breathtaking, i'm impressive.
gringofil (0) 2005-06-03 10:33
The location is splendid and in terms of composition this has to be one of the better shots you took there, but your PP work makes it hard for me to look at this image for a longer period of time. The orange is much too strong and over saturated and does not make the image better IMO. Kudos for the composition and the moment, but the colors are just...well...terrible.
bullabulla (3488) 2005-06-03 11:09
it is an incredible shot really wonderful
the colors is great and teh light beautiful
Hummmmmmm I'm looking forward to see that such beautiful landscape ...
Well done and thanks for your answear this morning
orme (7215) 2005-06-03 13:07
Beautiful composition, Thanh. Very original. The colours and lighting are both excellent. It has a nice depth to it. Well seen and captured.
tontonjc (6623) 2005-06-03 16:22
Splendides couleurs du soir . ces terrasses et ces reflets sont superbes.
dolin (15647) 2005-06-04 8:17
In one word..... WAOUH !
Beautifull shot with incredible colors.
(Sorry I come back for the smile)
PSYOPS (0) 2005-06-05 9:51
I am late on this, but I am here at least, with a simple question for you: do you think Yuanyang is accessible for "armchair travelers"?
Aazragi (1927) 2005-06-05 22:43
Wow, what a great composition of light and landscape. Beautiful pointed it. It is really amazing, well done and thanks for sharing.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-06-06 7:40
this is really exquisite
Its coffebook material, what a fantastic light.
flydragon (0) 2005-06-06 9:36
just one word
oupss another one
very well done
a great golden picture
sorry green later
verge (1241) 2005-06-06 10:01
Great shot and color thanh. really amazing effect and chose of color is excellent really works perfectly and the reflection really made it more appealing.....rgds
battousai (827) 2005-06-07 17:34
Wow, wow! Another great shot... I really like this series of rice terraces. I just don't like the light part in the upper left corner. Kind of disturbs me... Thanks for sharing and visiting my site!
misha81 (332) 2005-06-10 11:40
marieaude (1196) 2005-06-16 8:24
Hello, your photo is just fantastic. I like it, it looks like golden terraced fields. And your note is very interesting, after this I will love to do there and visit. Thanks you.
ChrisJ (94462) 2005-06-17 3:58
Wow! What a spectacular landscape! A very informative accompanying note. Excellent use of repetition as a compositional element. Well done!
cmn210 (50) 2005-07-02 18:20
I have been to Yunnan and also didn't know this place existed! This is an amazine shot with incredible color.
These are the type of photos that inspire me to travel again.
azadys (717) 2005-07-12 12:17
Hi Thahn. it's really great beautiful shot. i love it. i can't any problem on it.
baudinm (349) 2005-08-08 11:55
This is a great landscape that you captured.
The warm colors are amazing and pleasing.
I like the pattern created by the rice fields.
The exposure is good and the mist is shown with accuracy.
I read your detailed note with pleasure and great interest.
LSH (174) 2006-10-19 21:43
Trčs impressionnante scčne!
kasianowak (4626) 2014-03-28 7:57
This image was featured on the home page today and rightly so! Amazing combination of beautiful light, low cloud and fascination landscape feature. You created an almost abstract pattern here.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8576)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-21
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon 75-300mm F\4-5.6 IS USM, SanDisk Ultra II 2Gg
- Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Yuanyang — a best-kept secret /1/, Rice Fields "II" [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-03 6:11
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