The Chinese built the Banaue Rice Terraces, says Lonely Planet

Gelo Lasin

Given today’s touchy political landscape, Lonely Planet might’ve just made the most hilariously offensive – and timely – gaffe in recent memory.

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The global travel guide made the error on a video titled ‘World’s Greenest places’ which labeled the Banaue Rice Terraces as having been ‘first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese.’

If you paid attention even just for a lil bit in your history classes, you would know that it’s actually the Ifugao who built the Terraces with ‘minimal equipment, largely by hand.’

The vid has since been taken down, but an eagled eye netizen managed to screengrab the error.


It seems like the gaffe isn’t just exclusive to the video. Lonely Planet’s website also claims that the famed tourist spot was built by the Chinese.


Lonely Planet has since acknowledged their mistake, saying that they will ‘take a further look into it’.


Don’t get too excited LP. PH isn’t a province of China… yet.

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