Wu Yi Shan, Fujian China

It's a Hard Life

Wu Yi Shan is one of the UNESCO Heritage sites in China, famous for its karst mountains. The typical postcards of Wu Yi Shan always show tourists on bamboo rafts floating down the river, meandering amongst the impressive karst mountains.

I decided to take this picture to show a different aspect of this scenic area; that of the economic benefits tourism has brought for this small town. The local folks are now employed as boatmen and are loading the bamboo rafts onto lorries from the end point to the staging point. During peak season, the whole area of the river is a madhouse and the flatbeds that trundled continuously carrying those bamboo rafts do nothing to the pristine environment of Wu Yi Shan.

Photographer: SJ

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