Location of Hainan Yahu Terrace: where is Yahu Terrace?
Located in Yahu Village, Maoyang Town, Wuzhishan City (About 90 minutes drive from Sanya), Yahu Terrace is known as the most beautiful terrace in Hainan. Covering a total area of about 73 hectares, it winds in layers along a slope from the mountaintops to the borders of verdant forests, with the highest point at 600 meters and the lowest at 20 meters.
History of Yahu Terrace:
Yahu Terrace was first created by the Li people (the local minority) to grow rice on the slopes of the hills according to local conditions. There is no certain evidence as to when it started but it is said that it could trace back to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) when the terrace had been built into a certain scale.
When utilizing the land resources, the Li people fully consider the natural geographical conditions, building up an ecological environment consisting of forests, terraces, villages, and rivers, based on the principle of “forests at the top, terraces at the hillside, and village at the foot of the mountain”.
When is the best time to visit Yahu Terrace in Wuzhishan?
The local farmers plant 2 seasons. In January-February or August-September, the fields are irrigated. In March-May or October-November, views of rice paddies are breathtaking. The landscape is even wonderful in June or December when the golden rice paddies shine in the sun.
Locals still make full use of the area’s special geological and climactic conditions. The terrace is not only a place of cultural interest, but also a part of the local natural landscape.
Day Tour to Hainan Yahu Terrace:
Our day tour consists of visit to Hainan Museum of Ethnic Minorities and Yahu Terrance starting at 9am from Sanya Downtown, first to Museum of Ethnic Minorities, then local lunch in a very local restaurant. After lunch, we will head to Yahu Terrace with a chance to visit a local family. The whole tour takes around 9 hours.
Hainan Yahu Day Tour costs CNY499/person, mini 4 persons/trip with private round trip transfers by Volvo V90, English speaking tour guide, local lunch and admission fees.