Banaue Rice Terraces – The “Eighth Wonder of the World”

The Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, in the Philippines, by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level. These are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half of the globe. The building of the rice terraces entails constructing retaining walls with stones and rammed earth which are designed to draw water from a main irrigation canal above the terrace clusters. The rice terraces have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between the people and the environment.
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The Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines were carved into the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are occasionally called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1,500 metres above sea level. These are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. Locals up to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing, often opting for the more lucrative hospitality industry generated by the terraces. The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which require constant reconstruction and care. Ifugao culture revolves around rice, and the culture engenders an elaborate array of celebrations linked with agricultural rites from rice cultivation to rice consumption. PC : Sai Shu @philippines @tourismphilippines #philippinestravel #manila #banauericeterraces #banaueifugao #banaue #eighthwonderoftheworld #riceterraces #riceterracesphilippines #ifugaoprovince #ifugaoriceterraces #unescoworldheritage #organicfarming #dreamnowtravellater #armchairtravel #virtualtravel #mondaymotivation #traveltheworld #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelgram #traveldiaries #bespoketravel #exploremore #passionpassport #beyondertravel #experientialtravel #boracayisland #cebuphilippines #agritourism #naturephotography

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2 thoughts on “Banaue Rice Terraces – The “Eighth Wonder of the World”

  1. I was there, actually, drove through thereby bus. The lower parts I got a good view. It was beautiful, but sadly when we reached the best parts a dense fog came crawling. Shortly said, I missed it.

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