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White Water Terraces

Also known as Bai Shui Tai, this site is located between Lijiang and the Shangri-La Ancient Town in the foothills of the Haba Snow Mountains. Measuring 140 by 160 meters and standing about 2400 meters above sea level, these are China’s largest limestone terraces.
The site consists of mineral terraces which form a scenic backdrop with the contrast of white coloured, limestone terraces and the green mountain landscape. The white colour is a result of years of calcium deposits from the Haba Mountains’ water run-off.
Bai Shui Tai is also a special place for Naxi culture and history. Years ago some people of Naxi ancestry stopped by the site on the way back to Lijiang from Shangri-La and started farming in the area. This resulted in the transition of the Naxi people from a nomadic to a more settled culture, making their mark as one of the native groups to this region. There is a small village called Baidi next to the terraces where visitors can learn about the Naxi people.
The White Water Terraces are also becoming a popular stop on a visit to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is best to visit in the spring and early fall months. A trip to the terraces can take a few hours in a day.

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