Yunnan's Miracle
By: Kane on 5/31/2011 5:36:37 PM Category: Travel Notes
Tags: ,terraces, amazing feat, early spring,
Early spring in Yunnan is a busy time for local farmers. As they prepare the age-old paddy field ready for the coming season of sowing. The hill slopes here plunge nearly 2000 m to the floor of the Red River Valley. Each contains literally thousands of stack terraces carved out by hand using basic digging tools.
Yunnan’s rice terraces are among the oldest human structures in China, still ploughed as they always have been by domesticated water buffaloes whose ancestors originated in these very valleys. This is one of the most amazing engineering feats of pre-industrial China. It seems as if every square inch of land has been pressed into cultivation.
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