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The World's Most Beautiful Rice Terraces
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The World's Most Beautiful Rice Terraces

It's not everywhere in the world that you can find and visit the beautiful aesthetics and bountiful yield of a rice terrace.

In our region, we are very much blessed to have several spots of stunning rice terraces for people and tourists all around the world to come and witness themselves.

According to The Telegraph, herewith where you can see the world's most beautiful and splendid examples of rice terraces:

 YUANYANG, CHINA

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Source: Iso50

A Unesco World Heritage Site and home to the Hani people, these staggering rice terraces change colour depending on the time of day and the weather, resulting in this rainbow-hue-display.

HOSHITOUGE, JAPAN

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Source: Pinterest

Japan is home to many a photogenic rice field, this private farm at Hoshitouge rated highly among them - located near the western coast of central Japan.

SAPA, VIETNAM

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Source: Vietnamitas en Madrid

The Sapa region of Vietnam, close to the Chinese border, offers vast swathes of vivid green rice paddies to trek through.

BANAUE, PHILIPPINES

Source: Famous Wonders of the World
Source: Famous Wonders of the World

Carved into the mountains of Ifugao some 2,000 years ago, these hand-hewn terraces are the rice bowl of the region,  as well as a tourist attraction - and are often described as the 'eight wonder of the world'.

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

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Source: Pinterest

A stunning destination in its own right, Thailand's Chiang Mai is home to these rice fields, located close to several lavish hotels and resorts.

THE DRAGON'S BACKBONE, CHINA

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

Behold, the 'Dragon's Backbone' rice terraces in China's Guanxi. Covering 27 square miles and accessible only on foot, these 15,000 tumbling plots were carved out at the time of the Ming Dynasty 500 years ago.

LONGJI, CHINA

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

Longji Valley, an extensive network of rice terracing that has been cultivated for 700 years, also located in Guangxi.

HAMANOURA, JAPAN

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

Built at this slowly eroding valley on Japan's Hamanoura Coast, more than 280 rice fields make up this splendid vision during planting season, when their water reflects the sun.

HONGHE HANI, CHINA

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

China's Unesco-listed Honghe Hani Rice Terraces cover more than 16,6000-hectares in Southern Yunnan, cascading down the slopes of the Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River.

MU CANG CHAI, VIETNAM

Source:The Telegraph
Source:The Telegraph UK

These steep fields, captured here basking in dappled needles of sunlight, are located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, 1,000 metres above sea level and sprawl over 2,200 hectares.

BALI'S UBUD, INDONESIA

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

Certainly, one of the better-known rice terraces in the world, thanks in part to their appearance in Elizabeth Gilbert's best selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, these are indeed a sight to behold.

DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph UK

A Unesco World Heritage site since 2001, the Doura Valley is streaked with centuries-old terraced vineyards. They grow grapes, of course, rather than rice, but aesthetically speaking it's among the closest you'll get outside Asia.

Source :The Telegraph UK

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