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Shot in Puningsi monastery in Chengde. Young monk was watching suspiciously as I held my camera in a careless manner to pretend as if I was photographying just the prayer wheels. I was expecting some kind of protest and was ready to stop, but he didn´t care. Monks don´t particularly like to be photographed by tourists, which I can understand perfectly well. The Chinese in general are very superstitious people but they seem to have very pragmatic attititude towards photographic equipment and in most cases don´t believe that cameras (just a piece of manmade glass, plastic and metal) possess some hidden powers. In most cases I ask a permission to photograph somebody and usually nobody objects. Sometimes people ask money for being photographed.
(Original photo was shot JPG and is quite a bit larger. This has been cropped about 40% which has caused some deterioration of quality.)

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