I could probably fill a book with the amount of pictures I took of the sunrise and two sunsets we saw in Yuanyang. I complained about the quality of my photos the entire time (my camera isn’t extremely high-tech, you see), but it turns out that, when viewed on my computer, they actually turned out much better than I expected. They don’t fully do justice to the views we had while there, but I don’t think any camera can do that. It was simply breathtaking. We stayed at Sunny’s Guesthouse in the tiny village of Duoyishu, which turned out to be a great choice. We climbed onto their roof minutes before sunrise and let our snap-happy selves loose. Turns out we were slightly lucky. The fog that enveloped Xinjie followed us to the smaller villages. Apparently it had been drifting around for days. The second morning we were in Duoyishu, we were barely able to see where we were walking as we trekked up the hill to the main road. But that first morning made all the hours of travel (it had taken a day and a half to get from Xishuangbanna to Yuanyang) worth it.
We walked up the hill as the sun was climbing further up, and were rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the rice terraces.
There’s not much to do in Duoyishu. There aren’t even really any restaurants to go eat at. When the sun sets, the town shuts down. So we walked around a lot. Saw how the rice we eat daily is planted and grown. Took a ridiculous amount of photos. Of fields and pigs and local houses.
We had booked two night’s at Sunny’s, and so we headed out to Laohuzui on the first night, and Bada on our second. Both are known for their beautiful sunsets. Sadly, the fog was thick here too, and so we didn’t see a sunset as beautiful as google would have us believe (seriously, type in Laohuzui or Bada into google images, you’ll see what I mean). Still, it was a gorgeous sight.
Safe to say that Yuanyang was a great way to end our travels through Yunnan! I mean, just look at this gorgeous sun and sparkling fields.