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Villagers dressed in traditional costume parading during the She Huo (社火) festival on the outskirts of Longxian (陇县) in China's Shaanxi province. Villagers in northern China wake up before dawn to paint their faces with pinkish make-up, don colorful robes and wield swords to represent legendary figures for the She Huo festival, a unique event capping Chinese New Year celebrations.


Lantern festival

Visitors walking past an ancient gate lit up with LED lights during the Lantern Festival in Taipei.


Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert

Squinting in the Saudi desert, Hussain al-Khalifah points at his unprecedented archaeological discovery -- camels carved on russet-hued rocky spurs that could shed new light on the evolution of rock art.


Something borrowed: grooms and guests for hire in Vietnam

Kha's wedding day looked perfect from the outside but she was hiding a dark secret: the 27-year-old was three months pregnant and her husband was fake, hired for a staged wedding to avoid the social stigma of becoming a single mother.


In China's eSport schools students learn it pays to play

Most teachers would not be impressed to discover a student playing video games in their class. But at a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSport champions and tap into the booming industry.


Nice Carnival

An artist performing during the 134th edition of the Nice Carnival in Nice, France. The theme of this year's edition is the "King of Space".


Pakistani men assert their right to be groomed as male beauty booms

Nails are buffed, blackheads scrubbed and coffee sipped to the sound of clipping scissors inside the "Men's" salon in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, where a growing number of male patrons are set on revamping their style.


Macau sees future in Portuguese past

Sitting in his university office in Macau, professor Lei Heong Iok opens what he calls his "treasure" -- a dog-eared Portuguese dictionary, its velvet cover worn and frayed.


Back to basics: Taiwan's industrial chic

With watches made from cement, furniture fashioned from factory pipes, and accessories created from motorbike leather, Taiwanese designers are winning new fans at home and abroad with their own brand of industrial chic.


In Kosovo's capital, 'breathing harms health'

Every winter morning workers wrap scarves around their faces and emerge from the pea soup fog that engulfs their town of Obiliq, stuck between two coal-fired power stations on the outskirts of Kosovo's capital.


 

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