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Newest Wonders of the World: Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Courtesy of UNESCO/Hani Terraces Administration of Honghe Prefecture

Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China

For the past 1,300 years, the Hani people in southern Yunnan have used a sophisticated system of channels to funnel water from the top of the Ailao Mountains to the terraces below. These 41,000 acres of terraces also form a unique integrated farming system—using buffalo, cattle, ducks, fish, and eel to support the production of red rice, the staple crop. The Hani still live in thatched houses between the mountaintops and terraces, much like they have for a millennium, worshipping mountains, rivers, forests, fire, and other natural forces.

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