The central square of Bangla Village in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, near the Xishuangbanna Nature Preserve. The ethnic minorities who live in the area benefit from a temperate, moist climate, as does the rest of the biodiverse population. The wooded nature preserve is the habitat for exotic trees and flowers, and the haunt of rare birds and animals. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Natural Preserve Zones were established in 1956 in