Last January, I spent some time in southern Yunnan Province, including some time in the rice terraces of Yuanyang County. One of the picturesque regions of China that fills many stereotypes of the country, the rice terraces have long provided a living from the many ethnic minorities in mountains of the region. For obvious reasons, the area has been an attraction to tourists, but its remoteness has kept it relatively protected. Now investors and developers see an opportunity, especially as Yunnan province develops its transportation infrastructure.