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Unesco World heritage since: 2013
Size of heritage: 16,603 ha
- Buffer zone: 29,501 ha
The Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China covers 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces. They have also created an integrated farming system that involves buffalos, cattle, ducks, fish and eel and supports the production of red rice, the area’s primary crop. The inhabitants worship the sun, moon, mountains, rivers, forests and other natural phenomena including fire. They live in 82 villages situated between the mountaintop forests and the terraces. The villages feature traditional thatched “mushroom” houses. The resilient land management system of the rice terraces demonstrates extraordinary harmony between people and their environment, both visually and ecologically, based on exceptional and long-standing social and religious structures.
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Small airport - 115 mi (185 km) Dien Bien Phu Airport
Medium airport - 118 mi (191 km) Simao Airport
Small airport - 118 mi (190 km) Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Large airport - 131 mi (212 km) Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Medium airport - 150 mi (242 km) Na-San Airport
Small airport - 152 mi (246 km) Luang Namtha Airport
Small airport - 171 mi (276 km) Oudomsay Airport
Small airport - 174 mi (281 km) Noi Bai International Airport
Large airport - 233 mi (375 km) Longdongbao Airport
Large airport - 347 mi (558 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Lai Chau
- Muong Nhe
- Phong Tho
- Thi Tran Muong Te
- Thi Tran Sin Ho
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.