Yuanyang: Built by Hand

Yuanyang is in the southeastern Yunnan province of China. Primarily made up of mountainous terrain, the area is the home of various long sustained agricultural societies comprised of ethnic minorities. The region today is under immense development pressure. Recently, with the UNESCO declared World Heritage site the Cultural Landscape of the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces , change has taken place in a frenetic fashion in order to cash in on the newly bolstered tourist economy. The very thing that UNESCO was hoping to preserve, the cultural landscape, may very well be in danger of disappearing.