Rice fields outside of Guilin, China

One of the most beautiful sights is that of a rice field. I have seen rice fields and rice terraces at various locations in China and in Vietnam. No matter how many I have seen, they all are captivating. They are beautiful, lush, and serene. The fields change as they first host gorgeous verdant seedlings and then tall green grasses and finally they turn into fields of gold.

All the rice that will be planted at the same time is started in a large clump, somewhere in the field. When those rice seedlings become mature enough to be transplanted, they are planted in perfect rows. In China and in Vietnam, virtually all of the work or rice production is done by hand and during both planting and harvesting season, the fields are filled with workers. The rows they plant are amazingly straight and perfectly spaced. The seedlings are planted in water that shimmers under their beautiful green stalks. As they develop the rice seeds, the fields turn a magnificent yellow/green. Even at harvest time, the fields are picturesque as the dry stalks are gathered.

Here are some pictures to enjoy.

Rice field near Guilin, China

Rice field near Guilin, China

Harvest time, October

Harvest time, October

Rice fields with Karst mountains in background

Rice fields with Karst mountains in background



  1. When stalks turn yellow,
    rice is ready to harvest.
    Come, ply your sickle.

    My Mellow Yellow

  2. That looks like back-breaking work.
    Still, it is picturesque and a different world from mine.

  3. That is so beautiful.

  4. Arkansas farmers grow a good bit of rice here in the states. In Memphis we are just across the Mississippi River from those, and have traveled the roads often. I have never seen rice fields that look like this! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment, too.

  5. It is a beautiful sight… a magical place I may never be blessed to visit. But we can get glimpses in your pictures. Thanks.

  6. That looks like a lot of work. I’ll remember that next time I enjoy my rice 🙂 Beautiful photos.

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