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  • A makeshift ladder hangs from a cliff on May 10. Finding hives is getting harder as bee populations are hit by pesticides and global warming. Photo: VCG

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    A makeshift ladder hangs from a cliff on May 10. Finding hives is getting harder as bee populations are hit by pesticides and global warming. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Dangling Honey Hunters

Gathering wild honey is not an easy job. In Dehong prefecture, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, ethnic Lisu honey hunters get stung over and over while suspended from makeshift ladders as they collect wild honey from cliff-side hives. The honey they collect can be sold for up to 300 yuan ($43.5) per kilogram — much more than ordinary honey. However, finding hives is getting harder

07.08.2019
“Honey hunter” Mi Qiaoyun stands on a makeshift ladder while collecting wild honey from cliff-side hives in Dehong prefecture, Southwest China’s Yunnan province on May 11. Photo: VCG
Ma Yongde, a honey hunter, smokes bees out of their cliff-side hives on May 10. Photo: VCG
A makeshift ladder hangs from a cliff on May 10. Finding hives is getting harder as bee populations are hit by pesticides and global warming. Photo: VCG
Ma climbs up a ladder on May 30. Photo: VCG
A honey hunter holds a large piece of honeycomb collected from a cliff-side hive on May 10. Photo: VCG
Ma drinks from a stream on May 31. Photo: VCG
A honey hunter holds a rope used to climb cliffs on May 10. Photo: VCG
Honey hunters clean honeycomb on May 31. Photo: VCG

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