Yuanyang is one of the most beautiful places I have been. It's about 6 hours south of Kunming by bus, depending on: the weather, which bus company you use, and if that bus driver has a side business ; ) ferrying locals around. (Below, one of our many roadside stops)
The weather was not particularly on our side, but, braving the cold we managed to get a few glimpses of the terraces. People spent hours waiting for the fog to lift, and when it did, hundreds of camera clicks would sound before the fog came rolling back in a few minutes later. Spectacular!
Yuanyang is quite a bright place. Whilst the fog mutes most of the scenery, the colourful traditional clothes worn by the local Hani and Yi people stand out. Their head scarves, arm bands and tail peices are decorated with intricate patterns and colours. (Below, women lining up to buy next season's designs)