A visit to the Hani Rice Terraces of Yuanyang is best during winter months and in early spring (about November to February). It's especially the fascinating sunrises and sunsets turning this area into a popular destination in Yunnan.
Filled with water, the fields resemble millions of natural mirrors in the middle of a mountainous terrain.
While at the beginning of this period it can get easily very foggy and cloudy over the terraces, the area enjoys a lot of sunshine in January and February, offering perfect conditions for photographers.
But if you want to see green and vitality terraces, now is the best season.
The Yuanyang Rice Terraces are the newest and - according to many opinions - also the most spectacular World Heritage Site of Yunnan (number 45 on the list of complete China).
Yuanyang County lies at an altitude ranging from 140 meters along the Red River up to nearly 3000 meters above sea level in the Ailao mountains.