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China's last gun town
Basha is believed to be the last community authorized by the Chinese government to keep guns.
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May 28, 2013
An ethnic Miao woman walks through a field in morning fog the village of Basha, Congjiang county, Guizhou...
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An ethnic Miao woman walks through a field in morning fog in the village of Basha, Congjiang county
An ethnic Miao woman walks through a field in morning fog the village of Basha, Congjiang county, Guizhou province, China, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha...
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Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha in...
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. The village, an old ethnic Miao settlement with a population of 2,200, is believed to be the last community authorized by the Chinese government to keep guns. Although people in Basha no longer subsist on hunting, guns and gunpowder pots have become part of their traditional dress, while firing towards the sky is seen as a ritual to welcome guests, according to local media.

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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha...
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Ethnic Miao craftsman, Gun Laosheng, makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha...
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes part of a gun at a small workshop in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes a gun butt at a workshop in the village of Basha in Congjiang...
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Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng makes a gun butt at a workshop in the village of Basha in Congjiang...
Ethnic Miao craftsman Gun Laosheng, 46, makes a gun butt at a workshop in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013.
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, uses a twig and engine oil to lubricate a gun at his house in the village...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu uses a twig and engine oil to lubricate a gun at his house in the village...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, uses a twig and engine oil to lubricate a gun at his house in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, teaches his 10-year-old son Gun Diuliang about guns at their house in...
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An ethnic Miao man, Gun Liangma, teaches his 10-year-old son Gun Diuliang about guns in Congjiang county...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, teaches his 10-year-old son Gun Diuliang about guns at their house in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu (R, in yellow), 45, serves noodles during lunch with neighbours at his house...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu serves noodles during lunch with neighbours, at his house at the village of...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu (R, in yellow), 45, serves noodles during lunch with neighbours at his house at the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Villagers serve noodles during lunch in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May...
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Villagers serve noodles during lunch in the village of Basha in Congjiang county
Villagers serve noodles during lunch in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, and his son Gun Diuliang, 10, shoulder their guns as they walk home...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma and his son Gun Diuliang shoulder their guns as they walk home in Congjiang...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, and his son Gun Diuliang, 10, shoulder their guns as they walk home after a shooting practice in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
An ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, makes a target before shooting practice, in a field in the village...
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An ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, makes a target before shooting practice in Congjiang county
An ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, makes a target before shooting practice, in a field in the village of Basha, Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013.

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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, marks a target with a leaf before shooting practice in the village of...
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45-year-old ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu marks a target with a leaf before shooting practice in Congjiang...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, marks a target with a leaf before shooting practice in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013.
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, gets steel balls from a dried gourd as he prepares for a shooting practice...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, pours steel balls from a dried gourd in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, gets steel balls from a dried gourd as he prepares for a shooting practice near his house in the village of Basha, Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, fires his gun during a shooting practice in the village of Basha in...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, fires his gun during shooting practice in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, fires his gun during a shooting practice in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013.
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang, 10, knocks his gun with the back of a knife to tamp down the gunpowder...
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Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang knocks his gun with the back of a knife to tamp down the gunpowder before...
Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang, 10, knocks his gun with the back of a knife to tamp down the gunpowder before a shooting practice in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013.
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang, 10, closes the gate to a field after a shooting practice in the village...
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Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang, 10, closes the gate to a field after a shooting practice in Congjiang county...
Ethnic Miao boy Gun Diuliang, 10, closes the gate to a field after a shooting practice in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, fires his gun during a shooting practice near his house, in the village...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu fires his gun during shooting practice in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, fires his gun during a shooting practice near his house, in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, takes aim during a performance for tourists in the village of Basha...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, takes aim during a performance in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao man Gun Liangma, 44, takes aim during a performance for tourists in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
An ethnic Miao man sleeps with his gun on a bench in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou...
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An ethnic Miao man sleeps with his gun on a bench in Congjiang county
An ethnic Miao man sleeps with his gun on a bench in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
An ethnic Miao man cuts his toenails with a knife in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou...
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An ethnic Miao man cuts his toenails with a knife in Congjiang county
An ethnic Miao man cuts his toenails with a knife in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao men dance with their guns during a performance for tourists in the village of Basha in Congjiang...
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Ethnic Miao men dance with their guns during a performance in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao men dance with their guns during a performance for tourists in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Ladiu, 60, holds his gun and a dried gourd used to hold wine, in a shop in the village...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Ladiu holds his gun and a dried gourd used to hold wine, in a shop in the village...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Ladiu, 60, holds his gun and a dried gourd used to hold wine, in a shop in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013.
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao men fire their guns during a farewell ceremony for tourists in the village of Basha in Congjiang...
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Ethnic Miao men fire their guns during a farewell ceremony for tourists in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao men fire their guns during a farewell ceremony for tourists in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu (R), 45, and other villagers wait to share the money they earned from performing...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu and other villagers wait to share the money they earned from performance in...
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu (R), 45, and other villagers wait to share the money they earned from performing in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
The wooden houses of ethnic Miao villagers are seen amid morning fog in the village of Basha in Congjiang...
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The wooden houses of ethnic Miao villagers are seen amid morning fog in Congjiang county
The wooden houses of ethnic Miao villagers are seen amid morning fog in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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May 28, 2013
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, walks with his grandson in the village of Basha in Congjiang county,...
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Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu walks with his grandson in Congjiang county
Ethnic Miao man Gun Yuangu, 45, walks with his grandson in the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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