The Main Viewpoints on the Rice Terrace
• Duoyishu Scenic Area
30 km from Xingjie county, you will find an astonishing concentration of rice fields and it is the best place to photograph the sunrise. As the sunrise up, the sea of clouds, and the refractions of the water are constantly changing, people would feel the dynamic beauty of nature and get grand impact visual.
• Bada Scenic Area
16 km from Xinjie county, Bada terraces are spectacular, with beautiful lines, and a strong sense of hierarchy. You could visit it on the way back from Duoyishu.
• Qingkou Village
8 km from Xingjie, to the left of the main road, a thatched portico marks the entrance to the village. Qingkou village is a typical example of the Hani village in the Yuanyang region. Even though the place quickly gets crowded with tourists, it is still a great visit. You can discover typical mud houses with mushroom-shaped roofs, covered with thatch. In the central square of the village, a small museum will show you the customs and traditions of the Hani.
The Colorful Markets of Yuanyang
Yuanyang is one of the few places in China where you can see local people still wearing traditional costumes, and the market is a great opportunity to meet them. We recommend that you visit at least one market when you stay here. Your eyes and camera will be not enough.
The local market date is based on the lunar calendar. We recommend that you would check the Chinese calendar before you visit so that would not miss it. In addition, our guide will be helpful to arrange the visit.
• Laomeng Market
Laomeng Market is held every Sunday, it is the largest market in the region, and one-way driving is more than 2 hours. You can meet many ethnic groups from neighboring regions (The Hani, Yi, Yao, Miao, and Dai, etc.)
• Xinjie Market
The old town of Yuanyang also bears the name Xinjie which means “New Street” which is located right next to the central town square.
• Shengcun Market
Shengchun Village is located halfway between Yuanyang Old Town and Duoyishu Village. You can stroll in this market where the Yi and Hani women gather after admiring the sunrise on the rice terraces in the village.
• Niujiaozhai Market
In Niujiaozhai is held the cattle market. Located 30 km from the Xinjie old town, access is via a picturesque, chaotic, and narrow road. One has to hire a small car from Xinjie to reach this isolated village. During the journey, you can admire villages clinging to the slope made up of houses with adobe walls with their characteristic mushroom-shaped roofs.
• Huangmaoling Market
The Huangmaoling market is held every Saturday.
• Huangcaoling Market
Huangcaoling Village is located south of Yuanyang Old Town (102km) on the road between Yuanyang and Luchun. If you plan to go to the south of the province via Luchun, why not visit this market which is held every Friday morning.
• Lengdun Market
Right next to Yuanyang (Nansha) New Town, on the bank of the Red River, this market is held every Friday morning. Ideal on the route between Mengzi and Yuanyang.
Tips: Because of differences in religion and customs, local ethnic minorities don’t like to take pictures. If you want to take pictures of local people, please ask for the consent of the other party.
Less known than Yuanyang, Honghe County, is located in the south of Yunnan and named after the Red River, but its Samaba Rice Terraces, the Yisa Old Town, and the Jiayin market on Sunday are also worth visiting.
After visiting the scenic spots in Honghe, you can choose to stay in the Kangteng·Red River Valley Tented Camp to experience the local Hani’s rice culture such as pestle rice cake. Kang Teng Camp was reconstructed from village ruins, facing a large scale of terraced fields, including 17 tent courtyards with pools and 5 rammed earth public spaces.