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Praying for rain

A group of women from the Bai ethnic minority pray for rain after planting rice in Qingdong Village of Yunnan Province. Rice is the main crop in the province, which is known for beautiful rice terraces located in Yuanyang County, 186 miles from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province.
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Pilgrims on a devotional walk

Pilgrims of all ages walk at Barkhor, an area of narrow streets with a public square located around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. The crowd walks about 3,200 feet, circling Jokhang Temple and some other nobles' houses, including Tromzikhang and Jamkhang, during the worship ceremony.
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Villages on a mountain hill

Danba Tibetan Villages are built along the mountain hill in Danba County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Sichuan Province. The villages are known for their unique houses built from stone and wood. Residents grow apple, pear, peach, and pomegranate trees.
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Tea drying in Yunnan

Residents of Yiwu, the eastern region of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, dry tea leaves outside their house. Pu’er tea, which is a type of fermented tea associated with the town of Pu’er, is mainly produced and marketed heavily in Xishuangbanna.
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Monks in yellow hats

Monks of Labrang Monastery, which is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug (or “Yellow Hat”) school of Tibetan Buddhism, wait for morning prayers in China’s northwestern Gansu Province. The monastery currently houses 1,800 monks, and about 1,600 are now in residence.
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A tranquil landscape of Xizhou

A farmer walks along a narrow path in a verdant rice field close to a house in Xizhou, Dali, in Yunnan Province. The town, which mostly consists of the Bai ethnic group, was an important trading post along the Tea Horse Road.
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Monastery down the hill

The view from a hill in Ganze, an autonomous prefecture in the west of Sichuan Province. The region, which practices Tibetan Buddhism, was traditionally part of the historical region of Kham.
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Camels roam in the desert

Camels roam across the Echoing-Sand Mountain, which is completely covered with sand, in north-central China’s Gansu Province. The mountain was named after its echoing sound, which many people believe is produced by the friction and static charge between the sand particles when the wind blows.
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Rice paddy in Yunnan

A woman from the Dai minority plants rice in a field at Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. Rice terraces, which are usually formed on hilly or mountainous slopes, become tourist attractions in China due to their spectacular scenery. Some of them are hundreds or even thousands of years old.
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Bamboo construction in Beijing

A sign reads “Quality comes first, construct safely and excellently” on scaffolding made from bamboo on a construction site in Beijing. China built 84 skyscrapers over 656 feet tall in 2016, accounting for more than two-thirds of the world’s new buildings, according to an annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
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