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Travelling around Hangzhou with two human maps

Amid a growing industrial landscape, the ranks of those who make their wages showing people the way dwindles by the advancing day

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Fang Tianmo who earns a living as a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, China waves a sign marked "Lead [you on the] Road" as he waits for a customer along the highway into town February 6, 2013.

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Fang Tianmo a human map helps a customer with directions in the city of Hangzhou, China February 6, 2013.

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Fang Tianmo who earns a living as a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, China holds his sign marked "Lead [you on the] Road" along the highway into town February 6, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, waves a sign marked "Lead [you on the] Road" as he waits for a customer at exit to the newly built industrial area of Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map gives directions to a cab driver in Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map gives directions to a cab driver in Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map gives directions to a cab driver in Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map gives directions to a cab driver in Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, negotiates with a potential customer who's car has broken down at exit to the newly built industrial area of Hangzhou, China and needs a Service center February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou waits for a customer at the exit into the newly built industrial area of Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, waves a sign marked "Lead [you on the] Road" as he waits for a customer at exit to the newly built industrial area of Hangzhou, China February 7, 2013.

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Pei Dian'ao a human map on the out skirts of Hangzhou, waves a sign marked "Lead [you on the] Road" as he waits for a customer along the highway into town February 6, 2013.

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