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This is Yuanyang — English-pronounced for a little town in a remote SW corner of Yunnan Province, China. When being pronouced in Hán Việt, the Vietnamese call it Nguyên Dương.

I was here this month last year, and fell in love with the beauty of thousands continuous steps of paddies. The colors are difficult for us to predict, due to the angle of sun, the precipitate of clouds and the strength of the sun beams.

Taking my suggestion, Nhiem Hoang is on his way to this location. I am looking forward to enjoy his captures from this paradise soon...

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According to Wikipedia, the majority of Yuanyang population is Yi and Hani minority people. Over 90% of the Hani live in the Southwestern province of Yunnan, scattered across the Ailao Mountains between the Lancang Jiang (Mekong River) and the Yuan Jiang (Red River). One half of the population is concentrated in the Yuanjiang and Yuanyang. The origins of the Hani are not precisely known, though their ancestors, the ancient Qiang tribe, are believed to have migrated southward from the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau prior to the third century AD.

The Hani people (own name: Haqniq, Vietnamese: người Hà Nhì) are an ethnic group. They form one of the 56 nationalities officially recognized by China. They also form one of the 54 Vietnamese nationalities. There are 12,500 Hanis living in provinces Lai Chau and Lao Cai of Vietnam.

The Hani oral traditions state that they are descended from the Yi people, and that they split off as a separate tribe fifty generations ago. One of their oral traditions is the recital of the names of Hani ancestors from the first Hani family to oneself.

For addition info regarding the location, please check this link:

Yuanyang, Yunnan


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