Rice paddy in Yunnan

A woman from the Dai minority plants rice in a field at Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. Rice terraces, which are usually formed on hilly or mountainous slopes, become tourist attractions in China due to their spectacular scenery. Some of them are hundreds or even thousands of years old.

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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.