Longsheng Terraced Fields

Scenes from the City of Guilin

14. Longsheng Terraced Fields

The United States and China are almost the same size. China has 3.7 million square miles of land while the USA has 3.6 million square miles. However only 11 percent of China's land is arable (can be farmed) while 26 percent of the United States land is arable. China has five times the population compared to the USA with less than half the farmable land. To compensate, the Chinese use extensive terracing as shown in this picture. This is land near Guilin in Guangxi Province.

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