SPOTLIGHT Photographs and text by
Thierry Bornier
The Hani Rice Terraces, covering 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan, are marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces.

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