National Geographic : 1938 May
AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, NOTHING BUT PADDY FIELDS AND HILLY CLUMPS OF TREES! Peasants build their huts in the island thickets, so that every inch of clear space may be flooded and planted with rice. Homes are of wood, with straw and bamboo thatched roofs. Chairs, tables, and even cups and dishes are of bamboo. Such communities in Yunnan Province arealmost entirely self-sustaining; virtually nothing is obtained from the outside world. Yunnanfu, the capital, is connected with Hanoi, French Indo-China, by rail, and ismuch more modern than the hinterland.