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Some of the rice terraces such as those found at Ta Van are 2000 years old. They were carved into the mountains by local inhabitants - lacking flat plains to plant their crops. It is thought that the terraces were built largely by hand. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from rainforests above the terraces. Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more young Vietnamese and hilltribes do not find farming as appealing as work in the cities. The result is the gradual erosion of the steps which need constant care.
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Some of the rice terraces such as those found at Ta Van are 2000 years old. They were carved into the mountains by local inhabitants - lacking flat plains to plant their crops. It is thought that the terraces were built largely by hand. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from rainforests above the terraces. Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more young Vietnamese and hilltribes do not find farming as appealing as work in the cities....
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