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Fun at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

There are possibilities for different activities at the beach. Kish Island, Iran.

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Boat trip
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Rich people are coming to Kish Island to enjoy the weather and the beaches. Kish Island, Iran.

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
03 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria, Beirut and China who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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boat
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Companies are taking tourist around the island in boats. Kish Island, Iran.

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Radio Beirut Hip-Hop Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Matias Nordal Carlsen
02 Oct 2013

Radio Beirut is a platform for an open mike session with a Hip Hop party that is a fusion between Oriental music and Arabic Hip Hop,presented by a group from Syria and Beirut who are rapping about their daily problems.

by: Matias Nordal Carlsen

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China: a Town's Traditional Fire Fest...
Dali, China
By Teo Butturini
11 Aug 2013

The town of Dali lies on the banks of the Erhai lake, at the center of the Chinese province of Yunnan. Dali’s Old Town district can be dated back to the fourteenth century, the time of the Ming dynasty. It holds the ancient city wall and traditional houses that are typical of this Chinese region.

In the first half of August, the local Yi and Bai minorities celebrate the Torch Festival to commemorate Atilaba, a legendary character who, according to local beliefs, drove away locusts using torches made from pine trees. It is the largest local festival, and each minority celebrates it on a different day, according to its own calendar.

Most of the people here celebrate with their families. Family members gather for a big dinner before taking the traditional walk on the streets holding torches. Restaurants and hotels prepare for this day by buying huge food supplies to serve thousands of tourists who come to Dali to attend the rituals.
People in the Old Town start their day very early to prepare for the Torch Festival. Street vendors set up their stands at six in the morning to serve the huge numbers of customers.
Pork and chicken butchers slaughter animals brought from the countryside, letting blood run copiously to give a scene that some might not be able to stomach.

By nine in the morning markets and streets are bustle with people selling and buying food, toys, decorations, and torches for the celebrations that will start at night.

A huge number of tourists, both Chinese and foreigners, contribute to the confusion and make it a challenge to walk the streets of Dali on this day.
The smell of all kinds of food starts to spread everywhere, and it is difficult to avoid stopping here and there to have a taste of some local snacks while waiting for the sunset.

As soon as it gets dark the locals leave their homes and light up the big torches they have set up right in front of their doors, or dance in circles around bonfires in the town’s main squares.

Others walk down the road and, following the tradition, hold small torches while throwing a mixture of sawdust and pine resin at other people’s torches to start a flare. This is a way to wish friends and relatives well; throwing resin powder on an old man’s fire symbolizes wishing him long life and good health.

Nowadays the rituals have changed. The younger generations probably got bored with the ancient celebrations, and decided to add their twist. They run around town with bags full of sawdust and take people by surprise by throwing it on their torches to create a flare and scare them.
They indiscriminately attack friends and strangers, and the festival suddenly turns into a of street battle between teenagers. Luckily, flames subside quickly and do not harm those who fall victims to the teenagers’ pranks, even if they might look on fire.

A large number of policemen and firefighters stand by on the streets to keep the situation under control and make sure youngsters do not go too wild. As soon as they leave, though, the game starts again and goes on till late, especially in hangouts like the Bad Monkey. A group of foreigners got together there to enjoy the festival – they got drunk and lit up the road in front of the bar during the whole night.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 21
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
23 Oct 2012

A donut shaped floating device at Dadonghai Beach. This tropical destination has become the favorite beach paradise for many Chinese searching for a little sun, coconuts, good vibe and Hawaiian shirts. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 10
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
23 Oct 2012

A Chinese tourist is resting in a Mall, downtown Sanya city. This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 9
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
23 Oct 2012

Workers gathering clams at Tianya Haijiaoh. The beach area is located at the foot of the Maling Mountain. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 27
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
23 Oct 2012

A Chinese tourist, wearing a 'Friday' souvenir t-shirt, at Tianya Haijiaoh beach. Also known as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', Tianya Haijiaoh is Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitor. Many Chinese tourists from nearby provinces visit Sanya during weekends to escape city buzz. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 24
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
23 Oct 2012

Tourists taking pictures at Tianya Haijiaoh. Also known as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', Tianya Haijiaoh is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitor. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 23
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A tourist on the promenade of Dadonghai Beach. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 18
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Silhouettes of Chinese tourists at the Natural Museum of Sanya. Sanya, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 26
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Tourists at Sanya beach. This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 20
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Chinese tourists at the entrance of the Natural Museum of Sanya. Located in the south of the tropical island of Hainan, with its coast facing the South China Sea, Sanya is the only tropical beach destination in China. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 17
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Workers fixing a signboard at Tianya Haijiaoh. Also known as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', Tianya Haijiaoh is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitors. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 15
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A group of tourists enjoying a day at the beach in Sanya City. Package tours from Beijing are increasingly popular among Chinese tourists. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 13
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Tianya Haijiaoh, also known as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitor. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 11
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A Chinese tourist taking a nap at Dadonghai Beach. The crescent-shaped beach of 2.3 kilometers length is one of the most popular beaches in Sanya. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 5
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A duck shaped floating device at Dadonghai Beach. Sanya, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 3
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A Chinese tourist at Dadonghai Beach. Located 3 kilometers southeast of downtown Sanya, Dadonghai Beach is one of the most popular tropical seaside holiday areas in Hainan Province. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 1
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A graffiti saying "Forever tropical paradise in Sanya". This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 25
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Two kids on a bull shaped marble sculpture, downtown Sanya city. This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 16
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Two Chinese tourists doing exercise at Sanya beach. This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 4
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Tourists at Tianya Haijiaoh. Also know as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', Tianya Haijiaoh is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitors. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 12
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

Downtown Sanya city. This unique tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 8
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A hotdog stand in a downtown mall of Sanya City. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 7
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A taxi driver is driving through Sanya, a tropical island located in the Southern province of Hainan. According to the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, in 2012, Hainan received 208,300 overnight visitors. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 6
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

An employee of a restaurant located on the beach in Sanya hugs a mannequin. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 2
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
22 Oct 2012

A guard is resting on the beach under the shade of a tree. The hottest month of the year in Hainan is June, with temperatures around 28.8 C (83.8 F). SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Libya's Rebirth 11
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
09 Jul 2012

Boys watch a ride at Tripoli Land in Tripoli, Libya.

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Libya's Rebirth
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
09 Jul 2012

Young boys on bikes in Martyr Square in Tripoli, Libya.

42 years after the reign of Col. Muammar Gaddafi and a violent civil war Libya is waking up to a new and free country. With civil services and the countries infrastructure in ruins Libyans struggle with the transition period from dictatorship to democracy. On 7 July 2012, Libyans voted in their first parliamentary elections since the end of Gaddafi's rule. This body will replace the current governing body of the National Transitional Council, name a prime minister, and form a committee to draft a constitution.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 22
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
18 May 2012

Tourists at Tianya Haijiaoh. Also known as 'The Edge of the Sky' and 'The End of the Sea', Tianya Haijiaoh is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitor. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 19
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
18 May 2012

A Chinese tourist enjoys a day at the beact at Sanya beach. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.

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Sanya, China's Hawaii 14
Sanya
By Biel Calderon
18 May 2012

Two Chinese tourists wearing hawaiian t-shirts, at Sanya beach. This particular tourist destination, located South of the tropical island of Hainan, on the coast of the South China Sea, has become the favorite beach paradise of many Chinese people. SANYA, CHINA - May 2012.