The hill from which the Buddha presides over Mong La

Mong La: Business as Usual in the China-Myanmar Borderlands

The hill from which the Buddha presides over Mong La

This hill provides a view of Mong La’s surrounding countryside, which has been transformed by Chinese agribusiness. What on first sight may appear as rolling hills of dense jungle are, in fact, rubber plantations. Note the contour lines that the neatly planted rubber trees form around the hills. Far from being exclusively a vice economy, Mong La’s development has many façades.