In the northern part of China, lies the Louess Plateau, a region that has garnered attention and adulation from across the globe. The region itself looks like any other; its earth is covered in a dusty blanket of soil as it extends into the upper and middle reaches of China’s Yellow River. In the summers, the plateau is awash with sunshine while the winters are fiercely cold and dry. But that’s not all. The Louess Plateau is famous for something else – its unique dwellings, known locally as yaodongs.