Photography: Still lives

Time has almost stood still in the tiny Lower Nanyao village beneath the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in south-western China. Wild buffaloes still pull ploughs through fields and the villagers continue to harvest by hand, as they have done for centuries. Many of the sun-dried brick homes do not have plumbing, and destructive activities such as cutting trees continue to be banned by religious fiat

Published: Monday 31 March 2003
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