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Monkey money makers
By Reuters -
Residents of Baowan village in China have for centuries relied on training performing monkeys to make money. And as the Year of the Monkey approaches, they are hoping for bumper business.
A monkey catches knives as it balances on a board during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. Baowan village of China's central Henan province appears to be your average farming community from the surface, but at a closer look, one can hear monkey hoots from every direction. Although no official number exists, villagers say that they have been a breeding ground for both monkeys and monkey trainers for centuries. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu trains his monkey to raise its hand as they practice for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A performing monkey is seen at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A trainer puts a costume onto one of his monkeys for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey rides a bicycle past a villager, as the judge for a traditional performance watches, at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A trainer carries a cage of monkeys as they arrive for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey holds its trainer's hand as they prepare for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijie plays with his performing monkey while they enjoy sunshine at his home at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey falls while walking on stilts during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijie goes home with his performing monkeys on a dirt road at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey rides a bicycle during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016.REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Wang Zhongshan's performance monkey checks his neck as they wait for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu's grandson Jiao Song plays with their household monkey outside Monkey King Temple at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
 A trainer rides a motorbike carrying his monkeys for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu's performance monkey reacts after drinking hot water in his living room at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu guides his monkey on a bicycle along a path of a field after a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
A monkey is seen in a cage at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey in costume takes a break on a chair during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu prays next to his performance monkeys at Monkey King Temple at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Monkeys climb up a tree ahead of a practice at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
A monkey reacts as a trainer pulls on the leash during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee 
Monkeys in cages arrive for a traditional performance at Baowan village, in Xinye county of China's central Henan province, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee