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Yuanyang, Yunnan

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YUANYANG is a must-go place for photography fans, especially during the Spring Festival, where the terrace field landscape and warm weather are big attractions. Sometimes, it seems that every domestic landscape photography competition features shots of Yuanyang's terrace field.

Sunrise and sunset are best times to take photographs in Yuanyang, with soft light and cloud making your work look like traditional Chinese paintings.

The most popular sites include Duoyishu, Bada village and Longshu Dam site. There are no buses to the sites, so you should hire a car or travel by taxi.

Trekking is another popular choice in Yuanyang ― and ideal for getting great photographs too. Guest house managers will advise you trekking routes and sometimes provide detailed maps. For a fee, many will act as a guide. It takes several hours from Yunnan's capital Kunming to Yuanyang. But you can stop by Jianshui Town almost halfway and explore the ancient town dating back 700 years to the Ming Dynasty. There you can visit the biggest Confucian temple in south China and sample tofu made with water from a local well.