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Eighth Wonder of the World

                             Banaue Rice Terraces 

                       "Eighth Wonder of the World"

The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the Batad indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as 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 1500
meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers
(about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation
system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the
steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.

The Banaue terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years old. They are found in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Locals 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 Rice Terraces. The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which need constant reconstruction and care.

Panoramic view of the Banaue Rice Terraces


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Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao Province, Philippines.
State Party  Philippines
Type Cultural

5 responses

  1. Florie

    Make me feel homesick,Philippines is still my home sweet home. Well done Connie fantastic and great,still remenber our Philippine History.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm

  2. connie

    Beautiful and wonderful place to visit especially for nature lovers.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:08 pm

  3. connie

    Greed will Never prevail to win over or kill our "Cultural Heritage"… The Rice Terraces

    May 31, 2009 at 4:16 am

  4. connie

    John thank you so much for your comment.

    May 30, 2009 at 12:47 am

  5. john

    sad….greed….it is what killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Will greed kill the terraces. Like anything there has to be a care and feeding. Farming used to be a noble life, they are the ones who feed us. Very few young farmers any more.Beautiful scenery. thanks

    May 29, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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