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Seasonal workers harvest Longjing (Dragon Well) tea at a tea plantation in the Meijiawu village, outside Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, 13 April 2017. According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. Today China is the world's biggest tea producer, selling many varieties of tea leaves such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and yellow tea. In 2016, China produced 2.43 million tons of tea. The Chinese tea industry employs around 80 million people as farmers, pickers and sales people. Tea can be sold from around 80 RMB (around 11 euros) to over 4,000 RMB (around 525 euro) per kilogram. It is the most highly consumed beverage in the world. Chinese people believe that the practice of brewing and drinking tea can bring the spirit and wisdom of human beings to a higher level. EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY A Thai woman devotee has her hair and eyebrows shaved by Buddhist female monks or bhikkhuni during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at Songdhammakalyani Monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, 06 April 2017. An estimate of 95 percent of the Thai population is Buddhist. Most Thai men aged over 20 from Buddhist families are expected to be ordained as monks. Thailand has roughly 300,000 Buddhist male monks but saffron-robed clad women are rarely seen. Recently, the number of female monks called Bhikkhuni has been growing and nowadays there are about 100 female monks nationwide. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Homeland of Tea

Photographer: Roman Pilipey

Buddhist Monk Ordination in Thailand

Photographers: Rungroj Yongrit

Anjali Lama gets photographed back stage prior her show for the brand Maku during Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2017 in Mumbai, India, 02 February 2017. Among the striking beauties sashaying down the catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week, is Anjali Lama, a new star with an unlikely past. Anjali may have the high cheekbones, a slender frame and striking gaze of many international catwalk models. But she also happens to have been born into a rural Nepalese village as a boy. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI A Tasmanian Devil looks on at a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia, 23 March 2017. The world's largest marsupial carnivore is found only in Tasmania. It is classified as an endangered wild species because of the spread of a nearly 100 percent fatal contagious cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). There has been an overall population decline of more than 80 percent since detection in 1996. Behind the scenes there is more than tourism at stake, the park is one of two privately owned and commercial, wildlife sanctuaries that are termed bio-secure sites, and play a key role as conservation and breeding centers in the captive breeding program to establish an insurance population of healthy Devils, some already released back into the wild. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Transgender Model Anjali Lama

Photographer: Divyakant Solanki

Tasmanian Devils

Photographer: Barbara Walton

An aerial view of traditional and underdeveloped Kampung Baru (front) against the skyline filled with skyscrapers and towering modern buildings of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 April 2017. Kampung Baru is a misfit in a modern city, spread across 230 hectares on prime city land. The traditional village more than 100 years old is located at the Malaysian capital's modern core is stuck in the past, keeping its old form and look of a time past, despite the advancing modern world. Development of the special area which holds its own legislation is made complex by the differing wishes of its more than 5,300 landowners. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI Ecoboard Project ambassador and professional windsurfer Florian Jung from Germany tests the world's first Eco Windsurfboard in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 March 2017. The Ecoboard Project is the development of the worlds first Eco Windsurfboard made out of recycled and biodegradable material such as Balsa wood. The Eco Windsurfboards are produced in Thailand by board manufacturer Starboard. Their company goal is to reduced the carbon footprint of board manufacture. For each board shipped, Starboard plants one Mangrove in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar, absorbing up to 1 ton CO2 over 20 years. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Kampung Baru

Photographer: Ahmad Yusni

World's First Eco Windsurfboard

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook