Happy New Year! by zhangning

Happy New Year dear 500px friends. I have been very busy these days. I will try to catch up the comments as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I have learned a lot from you guys. Wish you a very happy, healthy and promising 2016
This shot was taken in Yuanyang, Yunnan, China. Rice terraces in sunset light.

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Fog Movement – For PA by morganpt

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces 元陽 are one of the most peaceful places for me. I find the movement of fog quite musical. This image was taken from the porch of my hostel at the Duoyishu point of the terraces 多依树 in the morning.

PA – I read you comment while sitting in the airport and thought I’d post an oldie that I think you’d like. Your images showcase an intrinsic connection between humans and nature – and I couldn’t think of a more poignant place than Yunnan, where humans carved into nature to create a sustaining beautify that feeds farming communities.

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Batad by julvar

Nothing comes easy in life and that’s especially true in the Cordillera Mountains. To see the attractions you have to sweat it out. After five hour trekking, unfolding before my eyes was the majestic man made marvel of ancient Filipino engineering, the Batad Rice Terraces. There are rice terraces and there is Batad and its amphitheater of rice terraces. if you’re looking for a perfect first “Oohh” and “Aahh” moment than this is it. It’s blinding beauty only amplifies it’s sheer size. Seriously, this place looks like a mega-concert stadium venue, where the bleachers are row after row of perfectly sculpted green terraces ( build from rocks ). It’s so gigantic that you could easily fit in all of Manilla’s twenty million residents and still have space left over. Referred to as the “Stairway to Heaven,” the terraces were created from the land over 2000 years ago by the Ifugao tribal peoples using primitive tools, an achievement of engineering that ranks alongside construction of the Pyramids. As you can see it’s not luxurious, my “hotel room” was just a small hut, but the view and the serenity of the surrounding nature more than made up for it.

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