Eighth Wonder of the World
Banaue Rice Terraces
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.
|Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras*|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|