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Paul Salopek / Out of Eden

From Rural Life to Outer space

Date: January 26, 2022
Approximate GPS Location: (26.70°N, 100.03°E)

Salopek continues, step by step, to advance through China’s south-eastern province of Yunnan.

The route has been mountainous, with several river crossings, and countless small villages. Most villages seem unchanged since the days of the silk road, Salopkek described it as like walking “through tableaus and rituals so old that your alien passage doesn’t cause the least ripple. You may as well have never passed through.”

One village did come as a surprise though. After the construction of an observatory, potato-growing farms around Gao Mei Gu are “being rebranded as an astro-village, complete with murals of astronauts & UFOs.” The murals stood in stark contrast to the surrounding countryside.


update history

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April 13, 2022 // Out of Eden

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February 23, 2022 // Out of Eden

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