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Storyteller Zhao Tao performs at a village soon after she appeared at the Ma Jie folk festival. <br />
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For centuries farmers in Henan have gathered during Chinese New Year in the region's wheat fields to listen to bards singing and recounting old tales. <br />
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Now storytellers come from all over China to attend the annual festival where large crowds gather to watch the best performers, many of whom will be booked to perform in nearby villages following the festival.