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On our tour through China, we visited the incredible Longji Rice Terraces. These are rice paddies that have been cut into the side of steep valleys by hand over 400 years. They are highly cultivated and a real achievement. They are also extremely important to the Hilltribes as they provide their main income, food for themselve and are important for the community. The terraces are too steep and narrow for machines to be used, so all the work is done by hand as it has been for hundreds of years. This means that the community must work together so that all the rice can beplanted and harvested in time. The land is divided up in a way that means  that each family gets  land on each hill, so no one gets all the best land and no one gets all the worst. A very elegant and democratic solution to a difficult problem indeed, and a very beautiful landscape.