For a long time, I have wanted to visit Yunnan and explore the breathtaking rice terraces. A friend of mine was there not long ago and after seeing the photos, I knew I had to visit too. I will go to areas which are quite remote and not on the typical tour routes. But this is how I like to travel.

Thanks to Ning Zhang for the use of this beautiful photo of the water-filled rice terraces

I will fly into Hong Kong, then overnight in Shenzhen before flying to Kunming. From Kunming, I head south to the Yuanyang rice terraces.

I have posted a map of Yunnan in the Maps section so you can familiarize yourself with this southern Chinese province. As usual, I will blog while away, but it might be spotty depending upon cell and internet services.

For part of this trip I expect to stay in a small farmer’s home with the labourers. It is here that I will film daily life, planting and the life of the people in this region. I hope to be able to produce a short documentary of these amazing terraces and the generations of farmers who have tended to them for over 1,000 years.

Thanks to Huang Youngnian for the use of this photo of the Dongchuan region

After the rice terraces, it is back north. Just north east of Kunming is the Dongchuan area where the landscapes are vast and the topography is blotted with wild colours as if a paintbox has spilled over the land.

Yunnan has so much to see, so many different cultures and ethnic groups. I can’t wait to head out. Only two weeks to go!


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