Photo tourism has injected a new revenue stream to the locals at DongChuan Red Land.
This elder in Red Land has become the iconic male model. He posts during morning at Musical Score Concave and at Lo Shi Wan during the evening. Photographers can pay him any tips at will if you like to take a picture of him. It is less labour intensive compared to farming.
Avoid taking pictures of any local without permission, they will shout at you demanding for portraiture fees. if you step onto their farm land, they will fine you RMB10 to 50.
Of course, there are exception. This little girl was helping out in the farm and the family was kind enough to let us take pictures while they were working.
Just few hours away in Kunming city, kids are spoiled with modern amenities and toys.