Saturday, 26 November 2016

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Here in my region I'm more used to see terraces for vineyards but in the Philippines the terraces are used for rice and they also provide a beautiful landscape

Batad Rice Terraces
This postcard was sent by Jan

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (FilipinoMga Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Kordilyera ng Pilipinas) were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995, the first-ever property to be included in the cultural landscape category of the World Heritage List. This inscription has five sites: the Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces (both in Banaue), Mayoyao Rice Terraces (in Mayoyao), Hungduan Rice Terraces (in Hungduan) and Nagacadan Rice Terraces (in Kiangan), all in the Ifugao Province, the Philippines. The Ifugao Rice Terraces reach a higher altitude and were built on steeper slopes than many other terraces. The Ifugao complex of stone or mud walls and the careful carving of the natural contours of hills and mountains to make terraced pond fields, coupled with the development of intricate irrigation systems, harvesting water from the forests of the mountain tops, and an elaborate farming system. - in: wikipedia

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