Terraced rice fields

No, this is not a painting. This is a photo of terraced rice fields. Ploughed more than a millennium ago by the peasants of Hani people, these rice fields extend up to the summits of the mountains in Yunnan, south-west of China.

Generation upon generation of the peasants have tirelessly modeled the mountain to widen their fields, using the least centimeter square available. Some terrasses have thus been ploughed on the slopes at more than 75%. A technical prowess that is unique in the world.

Every year, between April and September, the Hani people will cultivate the fields. After each harvest, the basins are then flooded to prepare for the next cultivation. An unchangeable rItual, this flooding of these rice fields attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Translated from Le Figaro
Photo credit : ISABELLE CHAUVET/SOLENT NEWS/SIPA/ISABELLE CHAUVET/SOLENT NEWS/SIP

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