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    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
    • The Land of Vibrant Traditions: Explore the Other Side of China
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    Ethnic Miao women wearing traditional costumes perform during a beauty contest in Taijiang, Guizhou province, on April 29, 2017.

    Miao people wear similar traditional clothes during the annual Guizhou Jianhe Yang'asha Culture Festival, a three-day event commemorating Yang'asha, the Goddess of Beauty, who, according to a Miao legend, was born in a well.

    With military and political agendas dominating recent headlines about China, it is easy to forget that there is another, softer side to this country.

    From luxurious attire to quirky folk festivals — explore some of the colorful Chinese traditions in Sputnik's gallery.

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