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Harley Davidson National Rally in China

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Last weekend, Reuters photographer Carlos Barria traveled to Zheijiang Province, China, to photograph some of the 1,000 Harley Davidson enthusiasts who attended China's 5th annual Harley Davidson National Rally, part of the company's 110-year anniversary. Harley Davidson only began official sales in China in 2005, and its bikes are considered to be luxury items by Chinese tax authorities, so they are taxed at extremely high rates -- a 2013 motorcycle might sell for 200,000 yuan ($32,500), approximately four times the average annual salary in Beijing. Transportation authorities have also placed Harleys in the same category as electric bikes, horses and bicycles, so they cannot be ridden on highways and major avenues. [18 photos]

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A couple rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province, China, on May 11, 2013. Around 1,000 Harley Davidson enthusiasts from all over China met at the rally, as part of the company's 110-year anniversary. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
A couple rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province, China, on May 11, 2013. Around 1,000 Harley Davidson enthusiasts from all over China met at the rally, as part of the company's 110-year anniversary. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
A man rides during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, in Zhejiang Province, China, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A Harley Davidson fan dances during the annual rally in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Emblems on the backs of motorcycles rider jackets, at the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A couple rides in the rally in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A man rides through a crowd in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Harley Davidson riders pass through a tunnel during the annual rally in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Harley Davidson riders pose for a group picture in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A man rides a decorated Harley Davidson in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A woman attends the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, China, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
At the Harley Davidson National Rally in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A couple rides their motorcycle at the Qian Dao Lake rally, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A Harley Davidson rider with decorated helmet takes a break in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Helmeted riders pose in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A local boy wearing a helmet poses next to a Harley Davidson motorcycle in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A woman takes a picture of a customized Harley Davidson during an annual rally in Qian Dao Lake, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Harley Davidson logo on a dirtied motorcycle, during China's annual Harley Davidson Rally in Zhejiang Province, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
A man wearing a skeleton mask prepares to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle during the annual Harley Davidson National Rally in Qian Dao Lake, China, on May 11, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

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