Rules of thumb
When to go:
The best time of year to head to Yuanyang is from November to March (spring and winter). In the spring, flowers blossom and the terraces are full of color. In the winter, the crops have been harvested and the paddies are filled with water. It makes the layers of terrace very distinctive and reflects more sunlight.
Where to go:
There are four main scenic spots to take photos of the rice terraces in Yuanyang county. Be prepared though as they are far from each other. The best way to see them is to rent a car with a local driver for a one day trip package for around 500 yuan ($73).