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.
Some said this place is created when God over spilled the colour palette.
It is hard to imagine that I could be having breakfast at Red Land (Dong Chuan, Yunnan, China) and having coffee at night in Malaysia at night. This magical land is so within reach but yet unknown to many who visited Kunming City.
The views are stunning and the hard works by the farmers on this highland (~2,500m to 2,700m) are simply touching. This could be illustrated by the picture below, see how the entire harsh mountain range has been cultivated into productive land?
Red Land more well known to the photography travellers. When we saw this momentary rays of lights from our car, our driver almost rushed to a stoppable area for us take this picture. It disappeared in less than 1 minute later. Everyone is having fun chasing after the light.
(note: all thumbnails were compressed, click picture to view a light version of the photo)