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What? Where? Why? Sorry, you'll have to read this short, easy story by travel reporter Peerawat Jariyasombat to find out for yourself. 

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Peerawat Jariyasombat

Each busker has his trick to get money from your pocket, including this young street performer in Lijiang, China. But his trick is not one you will see every day.

The little boy mounts a tripod, balancing with his mouth biting the tripod's head. Then he spins himself very fast, fast enough to draw the attention of all the tourists passing by, including me.

I tried to take a picture of him, as fast as my camera can. However, the boy was spinning so quickly I didn't get any good shots. I continued taking pictures, but the boy stopped, shouted out very loudly and pointed into the bucket.

I did not understand the language, but I understood his meaning. After I put some money into his bucket, he continued his street performance until I was able to capture this image.

spin – (1) to turn round and round quickly; to make something do this หมุน (2) to make something, usually thread for making cloth by twisting fibres of a material such as cotton or wool, but in this case to make (earn) money ปั่น
busker – someone who performs in the streets and other public places for money
trick – a special and effective and skilful way of doing something  วิธีพลิกแพลง, เทคนิคพิเศษ
mount – to get on something ขึ้น
tripod – an object with three legs that is used for supporting something such as a camera ขาตั้งสามขา
draw attention – to cause to notice something ดึงดูดความสนใจ
shout – to speak with a very loud voice, often as loud as possible, usually when you want to make yourself heard in noisy situations ตะโกน
bucket – a container with an open top and a handle, often used for carrying liquids ถัง
capture an image – to take a photograph or make a painting of a particular scene, person, etc.

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