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In 2008, a jade digger hides inside a stone-built shack to avoid the strong sun. Most jade diggers build habitats with stones on the riverbeds, while those with better economic conditions can put up temporary tents.



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50-year-old Maimaiti Qasim Bekri and his 17-year-old elder daughter Moha Baiti pose for a picture in 2008. The father has been jade-digging for 15 years and it is the first time for his daughter to join her dad in the mine.



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Abdul Vali Aimar and Abdullah Tuersun pose for a picture inside their stone-built shack in Hetain. The two men are neighbors in their hometown Moyu Village, as well as roommates since they first came to dig for jade in the mine in 2004.

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In 2011, 28-year-old Abdullah Tuersun and his family pose for the camera. His younger son at the time was only three months old. Tuersun used to support his family with his house-decorating and wood-carving skills. Since 2004, he has been engaged in jade digging with local people, but has gained little profit so far.



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Abdul Vali Aimar, 38, has two wives and five children. He used to be in the hat business in Moyu. Five years ago, he got stuck in jade digging in the hopes of creating his own fortune. Two years ago, he sold a piece of jade at 100,000 yuan (about US$16,105) and spent 20,000 yuan on building a new house. Since then he has gained very little from jade digging.



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Tuer Xunjiang is a middle school teacher in Hetian. During the winter vacation of 2011, he and his colleagues came to dig jades in the mine. He had never done any manual labor before, so he regularly had to take a break from digging.



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To save time, jade diggers have to use this kind of simply-built rope vehicle to cross the river. It is the first time for Tuer Xujiang to take this rope vehicle. He is so scared that he has to close his eyes. For this jade-digging trip, he spent more than 3,000 yuan (about US$483.1), but unfortunately made no profit from it.



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