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Rice terraces, Cordilleras, Philippines
Rice farming defines Asian civilisation and the terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, on the northern island of Luzon, are a 2000-year-old icon of agricultural heritage. Known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the man-made terraces cling to impossibly steep valleys and meld seamlessly with nature’s verdant backdrop. Symbolic of sacred folklore and ingenuity, many terraces are now neglected as the modern world lures young farmers to the city, and the site is ill-equipped for large numbers of visitors.
via lonelyplanet. photo by Noboru Komine