Packaging tea cakes

A worker wraps Pu’er tea cakes in bamboo leaves in Yunnan Province. Many tea connoisseurs prize Pu’er tea for its complex flavors, while speculators occasionally stockpile huge quantities of it and cause boom-and-bust bubbles.

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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.