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This is a Yi minority woman in her traditional costume.

Yi and Hani are the two dominant minority ethnic groups in Yuanyang. They are the authors of man-made rice terraced fields. I hope to be able to return one more time before local people turn the beuatiful paddies into banana farms for better profit:

"While I was there I visited the NGO World Vision that does some work there. They told me that UNESCO has been to Yuanyang 3 times but ultimately rejected heritage status, not sure why though. They also told me that the fields in the valleys of Yuanyang might become threatened by banana farming. It seems that many rice farmers in the area are getting turned on to planting banana trees since they require little work and upkeep and yield an easily sellable crop. Hope that never comes to pass, the world truly would lose something special — this is not just Chinese/Hani heritage but I believe it’s world heritage now. Its something unique and special and it would be a shame if we were to lose it to commercial enterprise.”
(Steve).




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