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Visiting the Countryside in China

Blue skies over golden rice fields, Xizhou Town, Yunnan Province

© 2011 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.

There are many different versions of the Chinese countryside. Some folks have idyllic conceptions of agrarian utopia outside the grasps of huge Chinese cities. Others imagine destitution an pollution choking small farmers out of their way of life. Both versions exist - as do many versions in between.

This photo was taken outside Xizhou Town in Yunnan Province during the rice harvest. The area around Erhai Lake is relatively prosperous and seemingly clean. Although the water in the lake is still polluted, efforts to clean up the area are underway and the skies are still blue with little air pollution.

So this beautiful version of the countryside does, indeed, exist.

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