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Near the town of Banaue, in the north of the Philippine island of Luzon, the rice fields are in the form of terraces. They are located on the wide steps of steep mountain slopes and resemble a giant staircase that rises to the sky. These terraces repeated outlines of mountains and have an area of about 22 sq. km.
The most incredible thing that these terraces are made of more than two thousand years ago, a wild tribe Ifugao manually with primitive tools - the rock digging hammer and chisel.
The water from mountain streams fed into terraces using complex and extensive irrigation network. At any time, a private terrace can be filled to the brim or completely drained.
In the last two thousand years, little has changed here.
At least in the rice processing technology accurately.
The Filipinos are very proud of this attraction, terraces even depicted on the banknote 1000 pesos.
At the bottom terraces of Batad village is located. Electricity held here recently, and only a few decades ago, local residents went to loincloths and adhere to ancient traditions. In their rituals took place even cannibalism. In 1960, Americans drove savages Ifugao in the church, and now all peasants - Christians.
Since 1995, these unique landscapes, man-made, taken under protection of UNESCO.
Landscapes here are breathtaking.
Rice planted in December and January and harvested in June and July.
All the rest of the time in the terraces grow smaller fish, which supplements the diet of Ifugao.
The cultivation of rice - a very time-consuming and complicated process. First, on separate beds grow seedlings.
The terraces feet stirred the water with the ground to form a uniform dirty mess, in which then manually bushes planted rice seedlings. No mechanization of labor, on the feet and hands of the people do not even have gloves and shoes.
During the ripening of rice need to maintain a certain water level.
Figure long dried after harvest, and then hand-hulled.
around terraces extending to the horizon jungle with beautiful rivers and high waterfalls. Local landscape reminded me of location Crysis games, the plot of which runs approximately in the region of the planet.
to the town of Banaue located near the road construction. In the rocks is chopped regiment, placed fittings, concrete is poured on top - asphalt. Along the edges of the road are made grooves for sewage, instead baffles - thick stone wall. Will soon begin to export rice to transport on a normal road, not on the shoulders along the forest trails.
The builders are hiding from the rain in the pipes. These savages have not yet invented a way of building roads without concrete pads, which can help you develop a budget every three years.
Banaue town itself is very picturesque.
Houses and streets are also built on the mountain slopes.
From the home streets seem two-storey, and from the valley is that it is eight or nine-storey.
Unlike Manila, tricycles here have a fully enclosed cabin - the climate in this part of the country quite rainy.
Local cowboy hat wrapped with rope to keep the shape of the field.
In this beautiful mail box manufactured in the USA, we threw a postcard, which reached Abakan 30 days.
I wish that this day we were not lucky with the weather - constantly going rain. Drenched, we went back to Manila 8:00 in the bus, in which it was impossible to turn off the air conditioner. A camera then filled buggy days.
That is the wonder of the world!