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Photo by Katie Hayes

A farmer in Wei Zhuan ushers his cow through the small village streets.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

For Xian shop owners who live in their stores, even personal grooming ends up in the public realm.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

A man rests on a bench near Xian’s drum tower, one of the city’s major tourist attractions.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

The park lining Xian's city walls fills with people practicing tai chi in the early morning hours.

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Photo by L.A. Reno

An elderly woman hand sews shoes on the street in Wei Zhuang.

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Photo by Katherine Fan

Local church overseer Lei Zimei welcomes visitors into her home in Wei Zhuan, a village north of Xian.

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Photo by Katie Hayes

With the youth leaving the to find work in larger cities, elders are left work the land.

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Photo by Katie Hayes

The Hui community in Xian is home to sesame oil factories, small mosques and traditional Muslims.

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Photo by Katie Hayes

Meat distributors deliver goods to butchershop owners in the Mulsim Quarter of Xian.

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Photo by Katie Hayes

This boy's father moved to Beijing in order to find work as a bookseller.

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