The bamboo forests of Zhuhai, in southern Sichuan Province.
The bamboo forests of Zhuhai, in southern Sichuan Province.

A schoolgirl does her homework in a community nestled within the forest.
A schoolgirl does her homework in a community nestled within the forest.

A local man stands in fields of corn near the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.
A local man stands in fields of corn near the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.

Farmland near the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.
Farmland near the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.

A farmhouse sits on the edge of the Bamboo Sea.
A farmhouse sits on the edge of the Bamboo Sea.

A man paints the wall of a building in the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.
A man paints the wall of a building in the bamboo forests of Zhuhai.

Smoke billows from a chimney in a bamboo factory in southern Sichuan. The factory produces furniture and chopsticks made from bamboo.
Smoke billows from a chimney in a bamboo factory in southern Sichuan. The factory produces furniture and chopsticks made from bamboo.

A factory worker holds a piece of bamboo. Bamboo removal in China has grown from 260 million tons in 1990 to 1.2 billion tons in 2005.
A factory worker holds a piece of bamboo. Bamboo removal in China has grown from 260 million tons in 1990 to 1.2 billion tons in 2005.

Off-cuts lie discarded in a factory which produces furniture and chopsticks, all of which is made from bamboo.
Off-cuts lie discarded in a factory which produces furniture and chopsticks, all of which is made from bamboo.

A worker inside a factory that produces furniture and chopsticks made of bamboo. Sichuan Province.
A worker inside a factory that produces furniture and chopsticks made of bamboo. Sichuan Province.

A worker in a factory that produces chopsticks made from bamboo. "China produces 57 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year, which requires over 1.18 million square meters of forest," according to Greenpeace East Asia.
A worker in a factory that produces chopsticks made from bamboo. “China produces 57 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year, which requires over 1.18 million square meters of forest,” according to Greenpeace East Asia.

Diners eat lunch in a small restaurant in a village in souther Sichuan Province. Virtually all of the chopsticks found in the south of China are made from bamboo.
Diners eat lunch in a small restaurant in a village in souther Sichuan Province. Virtually all of the chopsticks found in the south of China are made from bamboo.

Bamboo has a multitude of uses and is found throughout Chinese society in many forms.
Bamboo has a multitude of uses and is found throughout Chinese society in many forms.

Locals relax amongst the forests of the Bamboo Sea.
Locals relax amongst the forests of the Bamboo Sea.

The shadow of bamboo falls on a grave in the forest.
The shadow of bamboo falls on a grave in the forest.

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