Xishuangbanna is apparently covered in rubber plantations. This may not be news to all, but the article is informative regardless!
" According to a recently released report, land under rubber cultivation in Xishuangbanna nearly tripled between 2002 and 2010 to account for more than a fifth of the area's total land. "
" 'Rubber farmers I interviewed across Mengla county [one of Xishuangbanna's three counties] averaged about $30,000 in annual household income...' "
"By 2010, more than twenty-two percent of Xishuangbanna's land was growing rubber, a calculation that doesn't account for the crop's intrusion into the Xishuangbanna and Nanbanhe Nature Reserves, which Grumbine describes as 'significant.' "
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