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White Water Terrace

White Water Terrace

White Water Terrace is located at Sanba, 101 kilometers south of the county seat of Zhongdian. Situated on a mountain slope 2,380 meters (about 7,806 feet) above sea level, Baishui Terrace, 140 meters (about 459 feet) in length and 160 meters (about 525 feet) in width, is one of the biggest such terraces in China.

It is a spectacular karst terrain formed by sediment of calcium carbonate in the spring water. The top of the terrace features a semicircular platform pool, and spring water rises from the mountaintop and flows downward. Over many eons, calcium carbonate crystals contained in the streamwater have accumulated wherever the stream flows. As a result, the natural terraces look as though they are made of white marble - as if a silver waterfall tumbles through the green mountains. The spring water reaches the rim of one shallow basin and silently trickles into another, leaving exquisitely patterned tracks. Local people also call the terrace the "Paddy Fields created by the Fairies."

White Water Terrace in Shangri-La Yunnan

The Baishui Terraces (baishui tai) are the cradle of the Dongba culture of the Naxi people. It is said that the founding father of Dongba culture settled here to spread his beliefs on his way back from Tibet. On the eighth day of the second month of the lunar calendar, that is, the day when the founding father held his founding ceremony, people of various groups congregate round the terrace, singing and dancing and slaughtering chickens to pay tribute. Tourists are invited to participate in this folk holiday while enjoying the wonderful landscape of Baishui Terrace.

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