Cave house dweller

A cave house dweller stands next to a doorway, which he decorated with paint and latticework. The cave house, or yaodong (窑洞 yáodòng), is a popular form of dwelling in central China made from earth and is mostly seen in the Loess Plateau. It can be carved out of town walls or hillsides, and also built into the ground.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.