Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

State Party = PHI
Type = Cultural
Criteria = iii, iv, v
ID = 722
Region = Asia-Pacific
Year = 1995
Session = 19th
Danger = 2001-
Link =

The Banaue Rice Terraces ( _tl. Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banaue) 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". [ [, ‘The Best’ of the Philippines - its natural wonders] ] [ [, FACTS & FIGURES, Ifugao province] ] [ [, About Banaue > Tourist Attractions] ] 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. [ [ Department of Tourism: Ifugao Province] . Accessed September 04, 2008.]

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 tend to the 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 TerracesFact|date=July 2007. The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which need constant reconstruction and care.

External links

* [ UNESCO World Heritage Site Link]
* [ The Rice Terraces of Bangaan, Ifugao]


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