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Rice farming involves an enormous amount of labour. After cleaning out the canals to get water, flooding the fields and ploughing the ground they still have lots to do. This stage uses a harrow, like a giant comb, to break up the rough clumps of earth the plough turned over; this is often done a few times until the soil and water mixture is very mushy but has no lumps. The fields are then smoothed out and the rice seedlings planted by hand.

This was taken near Black Dragon Bridge, just outside Yangshuo. Another man was ploughing a few fields away, and two more people were harvesting their ripe field between them.

Minor cropping and sharpened.

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