Yunnan - China's most geographically varied and rich province,home to a third of China's ethnic minorities, and habitat for half of China's plant and animals species.
The great plateau is lush with verdant hillsides. Carefully tended water-filled terraces sparkle in the sunlight.
A stone '' forest '' plays tricks on the imagination, while elsewhere elephants, rhinoceros, gibbons, and peacocks roam through actual primeval forests.
Snaking rivers carve canyons and valleys from the earth. Green fields carpet the land like intricate brocade.
Snow-covered mountains soar 18,000 feet into the sky............