Reluctant physician in Yuanyang
The Hani Terraced Fields exemplify a perfect ecosystem in which field, forest, house and river co-exist in a harmonious relationship between human and the natural environment. The people of the Hani and Yi ethnic minorities adapted rapidly to the mountainous region to which they fled over a thousand years ago, settling on steep mountain ridges. The Hani have a saying that water can flow as high as any mountain. Historically, the locations they chose to build their villages and open their terraced fields lay between dense forests high on the mountainside and river valleys. The traditional Hani village generally lies just below a ridge of dense forest; a bamboo filled hollow beside it provides water year-round; terraced fields lie further down and stretch down to the river banks.
The United States and China are almost the same size: China has 3.7 million square miles of land while the USA has 3.6 million square miles. However only 11 percent of China's land is arable while 26 percent of the United States land is arable. China has five times the population compared to the USA with less than half the farmable land. To compensate, the Chinese must use extensive terracing as you saw in the recent weeks in my album.
After a 42-hour stay, on the second morning, I’ve got to leave Yuanyang for Hekou, to cross border to Lao Cai, Vietnam. I wish I could come back soon…
This photo has been taken at Yuanyang bus station. The boy has been in line with me while we bought the bus ticket. Later, I found out he was with his mom on same bus with me — just behind my seat — while he was suffering a bad cholera. Even though we failed to break the language barrier, I believe I have been able to read his pain, which made me daring and stupid enough to search my luggage and offered him an adult dose of Imodium and Ciprofloxacin. My risky decision has helped him stopping the effect of cholera, that in turn helped the driver of the bus to not stop for him after a dozen times during our 200-km-trip between Yuanyang and Hekou. Lucky me, the reluctant physician ;o)
This is another version of the boy originally posted on 6-24-2005. Please share with me a souvenir, and give me your critique. Thanks.
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everlasting (15362) 2005-12-03 6:19
I am very much enjoying your notes (and shots of course) Thanh. I am planning to visit this area msyelf next April. So any tips that you are able, would be greatly appreciated.
Nice expression you have caught here. think the focus should be on his eyes though rather than the very colourful foreground.
longwei (105) 2005-12-03 6:32
This is a nice shot but not as good as the previous one. I prefer the wider framing and you've better captured the eyes on the previous one.
Nevertheless, this one is better for the details and maybe it reflects better the sadness of this boy.
kozerog (1288) 2005-12-03 6:43
His eyes are something. Great colours and composition.
Furachan (0) 2005-12-04 2:29
Beautiful shot with stunning quality to the skin and eyes. Quite a story too! Great colors, this photo really POPs, Thanh!
Fascinating note too...
All the best,
faubry (35447) 2005-12-05 4:40
superb regard to you!!! beautiful colors, and interesting note, thanks
gebala (0) 2006-01-28 7:14
hello, beauty is this shot, I like this little child hidden and looking at us, so strong and beauty eyes, photo is so colourful and has its own magic, well done
ckuan (270) 2006-03-14 4:28
You've captured the eyes of the little boy splendidly. The colour and texture of the cloths brings out a strong flavour to his ethnic background. Your notes wonderfully adds depth to the shot. Qudos, Thanh!
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8456)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-22
- Categories: Humorous
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Yuanyang — a best-kept secret /1/ [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-03 6:05