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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.

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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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