The cradle of wild aloe vera in China

Located at the tropical Red River Valley, Yuanjiang Hani, Yi and Dai Autonomous County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, is a natural greenhouse for aloe vera to grow. According to the Cihai, an encyclopedia of Standard Mandarin Chinese, aloe vera originates in Africa, but grows in the wild in Yuanjiang. 

Aloe vera is widely used in consumer products including skin lotion, cosmetics and ointments. The plantation area of aloe vera in Yuanjiang reaches 800 hectares, making the place the largest aloe vera plantation and processing base in Asia.

About the "Go! Yunnan" series:

Yunnan Province in southwest China boasts spectacular natural landscapes, biodiversity and diverse ethnic groups. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are in Yunnan. This livestream series will take you on tour to six cities or autonomous prefectures in Yunnan to see the little-known food, scenery and folk customs. Stay tuned for our upcoming livestreams! 

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(Cover image via VCG. Video filmed by Liu Yang and Liu Ming, edited by Zhao Ying.)

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