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The Baoxiang Temple, near the old caravan town of Shaxi, has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years. The catch? Visitors are expected to help feed the clan of golden monkeys.
Follow Tony Wheeler as he takes a break from the road, stopping in a small Laos village to learn about the local handicraft traditions, from weaving to making conical straw hats.
Blurring the line between sacred and profane, Shaxi locals prostrate before a one-of-a-kind replica of the female reproductive organ, praying for a smooth childbirth.