Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.

Most Beautiful Terraced Rice Fields

Discover Most Beautiful Terraced Rice Fields. Rice is a staple of half of the world’s population and has been instrumental in our efforts to prevent potential famines, but that’s only part of what makes it such a beautiful plant. The flooded rice paddies that stretch across the Far East and other areas that cultivate rice are stunningly beautiful, lending their landscapes a unique beauty that at once structures and blends in with the natural landscape. Terraced rice fields helps to decrease erosion and work well for rice crops which need to be grown in a flooded area. Terraced paddy fields are built into steep hillsides by intense physical labor, sometimes by using a water buffalo to help in the wetlands. While terraced rice fields are a common sight in third-world countries, it is an uncommon sight for many of us.

Rice technically doesn’t have to be flooded, but it does require a lot of water to grow, and flooding it makes it harder for weeds to take root and for vermin to eat the precious grains.

Luckily for landscape and travel photographers, these flooded paddies also give them wonderful photo ops! Take a look, add your own if you’ve got them.

Fields of Gold – Rice Terraces in Philippines

Fields of Gold – Boracay Island & Rice Terraces in Philippines

Around Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Around Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Banaue Philippines Terraced Rice Fields

Banaue Philippines Terraced Rice Fields

Banaue, Rice Terraces Field

Banaue rice terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces, Bontoc, Mt. Province

Bay-yo Rice Terraces, Bontoc, Mt. Province

Close to Tirtagangga, Bali, Indonesia

Close to Tirtagangga, Bali, Indonesia

 

Doya Rice Terraces

Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces, Longji From Afar

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Longji From Afar

Evening sun in terraced paddy fields

Evening sun in terraced paddy fields

Boracay Island & Rice Terraces in Philippines

Boracay Island & Rice Terraces in Philippines

Hamanoura (Saga) rice terraces in Japan

Hamanoura (Saga) rice terraces in Japan

Mountain of Rice

Mountain of Rice – Philippines. Photographers noted, These rice terraces that follow the contours of the mountain had been here for roughly 2,000 years.

Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China

Reflections of the clouds at sunset over the rice terraced mountains of the Hani people in Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China, in wintertime, when the paddies are left filled with water until planting in Spring

Guangxi Province, China

Rice terraces in early morning mist, Guangxi Province, China

Rice Terraces in Longsheng near Guilin China

Rice Terraces in Longsheng near Guilin China

Rice terraces While trekking around the Annapurnas

Rice terraces While trekking around the Annapurnas

Rice Terraces, Trans-Flores Highway, Flores, Indonesia

Rice Terraces, Trans-Flores Highway, Flores, Indonesia

Rishikesh Rice Terrace fields, India

Rishikesh Rice Terrace fields, India

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.

Terrace rice fields Yuanyang

Terrace rice fields Yuanyang

Terraced Fields in Machu Picchu, Peru

Terraced Fields in Machu Picchu, Peru

Terraced fields of rice just outside of Sapa, Vietnam

Terraced fields of rice just outside of Sapa, Vietnam

Terraced Rice Field, China

Terraced Rice Field, China

Terraced Rice Fields, Longsheng, China

Terraced Rice Fields, Longsheng, China

Terraced Rice Fields, Yunnan, China

Terraced Rice Fields, Yunnan, China

When the Sun Goes Down

When the Sun Goes Down

Yuanyang sunset rice terraced mountain

Yuanyang sunset rice terraced mountain

Yuanyang Terrace Bada

Yuanyang Terrace Bada