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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces China

The Honghe Hani rice terraces have been included in the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO.
At present, China has 47 World Cultural Heritage sites. This is surpassed only by Italy with a number of 50 World Cultural Heritage sites.

On 22nd June 2013, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided to recognize the Honghe Hani rice terraces in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh as a world cultural heritage in the Yunnan Province, South Korea, at the 37th World Heritage Conference. "The Hani people have formed an extraordinarily complex system of irrigated races from the dense forest".


In Yunnan, the rice terraces have already been on the World Heritage List since 2003 as protected areas in the "Three Parallel Rivers" national park.
The Honghe Hani rice terraces, located in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, have a history of more than 1300 years. To this day the inhabitants still cultivate rice on the terraces.


The rice terraces spread all over the southern bank of the Hong He, for example, in the Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping districts of Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Region. Particularly, the rice terraces in Yuanyang with an area of 12.6 thousand ha (about 126 square kilometers) are the most famous part. Because Yuanyang has a rich source, humid air and changing mist, here is always a living landscape.
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