Flooded rice-paddy terraces are carved out of the hills and mountains all over southern China. The water prevents weeds and keeps the plants healthy and crop bountiful. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
China’s expansive and diverse geography has played a key role in shaping the agricultural practices and diets of the Chinese people. The study of agricultural geography (agro-geography) can reveal how various regional cuisines have emerged. As China’s physical and