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Terraced Fields

At Ziquejie Terrace you can see layers upon layers of terraces mapped on the hills like green waves rolling among the mountains. Visitors seeing this view will be astonished that this was made by the ancient ancestors of the locals.

According to research, the Terraced Field, originated from Qin & Han Dynasty and developed in the Song Dynasty, has a long history of over 2,000 years. It is the masterpiece co-founded by Miao, Yao, Dong and Han nationalities. As the ancient paddy culture heritage, together with fishing and hunting culture, it reflects the greatness of the ancient Meishan farming civilization. It was approved as a state-level scenic spot in 2005, and in 2006 was included in both world’s cultural and natural heritage lists.

As one of the eight new famous scenic spots in Hunan Province, Ziquejie Terraced Field is located in Shuiche of Xinhua County. 80,000 mu (5,333 hectare) terraced fields, rising one upon another at an elevation of 500 meters to 1,100 meters, are endowed with natural self-irrigation and endless spring water.

Here you can appreciate the remains of ancient paddy culture and enjoy the primitive simplicity of slash-and-burn cultivation and wood-block houses.