China's Southwest by Damien Harper

By Damien Harper

Detect China's SouthwestFollow your shadow floating over limestone peaks on a Guangxi ballooning voyage.Hike Tiger jumping Gorge to the snowcapped mountaintops of Haba Shan through the Jinsha River.Savour the Yin and Yang of highly spiced, scorching or soaked-in-soy Southwest delicacies.Get stuck up within the dancing on the vivid Miao Lusheng Festival.In This GuideFive intrepid authors, 220 days of in-country examine, 157 bus rides and one rotting yak's head.Includes beautiful new locations now not coated in the other English-language guidebook.Chapters devoted to gateway towns (Beijing, Honk Kong and Shanghai), minority cultures and experience actions.

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To the government’s credit, more than 150 nature reserves have been established in the Southwest alone, protecting about 7% of China’s land area. Nevertheless, the tensions between environmental conservation and economic development remain particularly acute, especially as wildlife and natural resources have long been considered mere economic commodities to be exploited. During the Great Leap Forward, the Four Pests Campaign aimed to eradicate flies, mosquitoes, rats and sparrows. The result was an environmental imbalance with a huge increase in hungry, crop-devouring bugs.

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