Friday, 1 July 2011
Rice terraces, Philippines
First created over 2000 years ago, these rice terraces in Banaue in the Philippines are still in use today, although tourism is proving to be increasingly important as a source of income in the region.
Although you can't see any in this picture, apparently this area was excluded from the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing which covers the rice terraces of Batad, Bangaan, Hungduan, Mayoyao Central and Nagacadan because of a number of modern buildings. It is, however, a National Cultural Treasure in the Philippines, and rightly so.
It is amazing how humans have managed to carve out the land to plant crops. Not only here in the Philippines, but also Vietnam, Bali, China, Peru, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and no doubt many others I haven't yet come across. It has been suggested that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon may have been built on an artificial mountain with terracing. A fascinating subject.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, which is hosted by Beth Niquette at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.