Long ago, the Yao people were pushed into the mountains by other tribes and the Han. Now, in an effort to raise their living standard, the government encourages them to move down to the valley towns, where most will end up as migrant worker -living poor among unreachable yet tempting wealth and luxury- and abandon their cultural heritage. But how important is the preservation of a culture and tradition when it keeps the people on the brink of extreme poverty? Judge and be judged. We reached one of their hamlets after a several hours climb. In the land of the Shui, on a high plateau (800m) south of Sandu, we drove into a market that attracted people from many hours walk away.
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