youxi, fujian. a sweet 91-year-old woman from the mountains of youxi county. we met her on the way up to see the rice terraces. we learned that she never went to school to learn how to read or write chinese (but her mandarin was very impressive and much better than mine). she then kindly insisted that we stay at her house for dinner and the night.

youxi, fujian. a sweet 91-year-old woman from the mountains of youxi county. we met her on the way up to see the rice terraces. we learned that she never went to school to learn how to read or write chinese (but her mandarin was very impressive and much better than mine). she then kindly insisted that we stay at her house for dinner and the night.

 youxi county, fujian. farmers tend to their rice terraces—which were unfortunately drier than usual this year due to lack of rainfall—before the sun sets.

youxi county, fujian. farmers tend to their rice terraces—which were unfortunately drier than usual this year due to lack of rainfall—before the sun sets.

 youxi, fujian. passing towns and mountain villages.

youxi, fujian. passing towns and mountain villages.

 xiapu, fujian. rural fishermen's boats out on the mudflat.

xiapu, fujian. rural fishermen's boats out on the mudflat.

 xiapu, fujian. locals from the fishing village on the mudflat.

xiapu, fujian. locals from the fishing village on the mudflat.

 xiapu, fujian. fields and farmland.

xiapu, fujian. fields and farmland.

 lijiang, yunnan. the road to yulong xueshan (jade dragon snow mountain).

lijiang, yunnan. the road to yulong xueshan (jade dragon snow mountain).

 lijiang, yunnan. yangtze river as seen from a lookout.  

lijiang, yunnan. yangtze river as seen from a lookout.
 

 dali, yunnan. a bai fruit vendor at a local marketplace. she had just sold us some fresh mangosteen and grapes.

dali, yunnan. a bai fruit vendor at a local marketplace. she had just sold us some fresh mangosteen and grapes.

 dali, yunnan. a rural landscape featuring two farmers and their pigs.

dali, yunnan. a rural landscape featuring two farmers and their pigs.

 dali, yunnan. azalea bushes and farmland.

dali, yunnan. azalea bushes and farmland.

 shangri-la, yunnan. a tibetan herder sings alongside his yak.  

shangri-la, yunnan. a tibetan herder sings alongside his yak.
 

 shangri-la, yunnan. grassland, towns, and foggy mountains.  

shangri-la, yunnan. grassland, towns, and foggy mountains.
 

 fuzhou, fujian. touching the largest and oldest (said to have been planted in the song dynasty) banyan tree in fuzhou national forest park.

fuzhou, fujian. touching the largest and oldest (said to have been planted in the song dynasty) banyan tree in fuzhou national forest park.