Lonely Planet under fire for saying Chinese built Banaue Rice Terraces

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — Filipino netizens are livid over the claim of travel guide Lonely Planet that the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces were made by the Chinese.

Lonely Planet posted a Facebook video on the "World's Greenest Places" on Sunday, featuring the rice fields of Ifugao. Instead of a recognition, the site described the Banaue Rice Terraces as "first built around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese."

Netizens were quick to call out the famous travel guide book publisher.

They were also quick to point out that the Lonely Planet website also features the erroneous claim on the famous landmark usually dubbed the "Eight Wonder of the World."

Lonely Planet wrote, "World Heritage listed, they're impressive not only for their chiselled beauty but because they were introduced around 2000 years ago by the Chinese."

The Facebook video has been taken down by Lonely Planet, but the description on the website is still up. It has yet to issue a formal apology, but it replied to a tweet, saying it will look into the matter.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the rice terraces of the Cordilleras were "all the product of the Ifugao ethnic group, a minority community that has occupied these mountains for thousands of years."

The agency added, "The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the priceless contribution of Philippine ancestors to humanity, built 2000 years ago and passed on from generation to generation." The rice terraces were named as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 1995.