The women live in or around Ping'an Village, in the Longsheng (Dragon's Backbone) Rice Terraces in the Guilin area of Guangxi Province. The rice terraced farms in this area are about 800 years old. Most of the people who live and work there are from the Zhuang and Yao minority ethnic groups. The hats the women are wearing are part of their Zhuang traditional clothing, as are the black jackets with blue sleeves. The women pictured range in age from 70's to 90's.