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Into the Valley

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One of China's most remote ethnic groups, the Dulong, has just got a shortcut to the rest of the world. Numbering about 6,000, the Dulong were once known for tattooing the faces of their womenfolk (a custom designed to discourage neighboring Tibetans from kidnapping them as slaves). That practice has long ceasedŚthere is only a handful of tattooed women leftŚbut other aspects of their way of life survive unmolested in the pristine Dulong Valley in northwestern Yunnan province. You can now see for yourself, thanks to a new dirt road connecting the valley to the nearest town, Gongshan. Anthropologists need...

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