Worker amongst colourful incense sticks by Hai V. Nguyen

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Pictured: A worker wearing a large hat to protect them from the sun walks among thousands of colourful incense sticks as they are set out to dry.<br />
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Photographer Hai Nguyen Vu was visiting the Quang Phu Cau incense village, 40 kilometres away from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, when he spotted this incense stick maker.<br />
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Hai said: “As a Buddhist country, we have so many festivals to celebrate around the year.  Therefore they produce incense sticks continuously.”<br />
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“There is a time when the workers take a break and this is during mid summer, the stormy season, when they can’t dry the sticks because there isn’t enough sunshine.”<br />
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A pack of about thirty incense sticks varies in price from 8,000 to 100,000 Vietnamese dong, approximately 28p to £3.46 (GBP).<br />
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