Upon seeing these stunning images of rice terraces in Southeast Asia and China, one might think that rice is actually only the byproduct of a bigger project: landscape art. The technique of rice farming and the work today is done pretty much the way it was millennia ago – one reason why most of the amazing rice terraces are still intact.
Image: Romeo Remalante
1. Window to the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the rice terraces in Banaue
The rice terraces in Banaue, a mountain village in the central Cordilleras in the north of Luzon Island, are located about 330 km north of Manila. Their construction was started more than 2,000 years ago by the local communities, ancestors of the Batad indigenous people, and with only the use of primitive tools.
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2. Rows and rows of intricately carved rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines
Banaue’s rice terraces are 1,500 meters (5,000 ft) above sea level and cover more than 10,000 square kilometers (4,000 square miles) of mountainside. It is said that if the plots were laid out next to each other, they would cover a distance of about 25,000 km (10,000 ft). In comparison, the Great Wall of China is ‘only’ 6,000 km (2,800 ft) long! No wonder then that Banaue’s rice terraces are frequently referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”