The Ai Lao range is China's most vibrant evergreen forest, with vegetation
covering more than eighty percent of the mountains, comprised of hundreds
of species of plants and more than seventy kinds of large arboreal trees,
varietals of Camellia sinensis. The highest peak is around 3,000 meters.
There are also
vibrant ecologies of animals: everything from Bengal tigers and leopards to
birds, cobras and monkeys. Yunnan is a lush and vibrant province, with
mists and fog and crystalline waters that flow down from the Himalayas to
Ai Lao is mostly situated between the two most important of these "Nine
as the major rivers are called: the Lishi/Yuanjiang and the Lincang. There
traditional villages in Ai Lao and seven tribes. They have all cooperated
for as long as
they can remember, most recently working together to build their own roads,
grid, water treatment facilities and schools.
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