Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk through town before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province, China, in celebrations for the lunar new year
Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers train in the snow in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. China‘s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting capacity” to win “local wars”, the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes.
Shaolin monks pose for a photograph in Chinatown in London, England, on Monday. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu, which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu, and are demonstrating their skills while touring the UK
Villagers watch a dog fight during Chinese Spring Festival in Yuncheng, Shanxi province.
Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.
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Chinese artists perform at the Spring Festival Temple Fair on Wednesday in Beijing. The lunar new year of the sheep also known as the spring festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the lantern festival on the 15th day
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Performers gather during preparations for the lunar new year celebrations in Hong Kong. The Chinese ‘year of the sheep’ begins on February 19
A woman takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong
A worker makes red lanterns as orders hike ahead of the Spring Festival, at a workshop in Wenxian county
A herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep, also known as the Year of the Goat
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A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing
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Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwest China, travel to a festival organised by the local hunting community to promote traditional hunting practices in the mountainous region that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia
Men get a shave next to an excavator working at a demolition site in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China
A woman picks up recyclable materials, as seagulls look for food, at a dump site of a garbage disposal plant in Dalian, Liaoning province on Friday
Soldiers practice ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the annual event.
In this photo a Chinese drag queen who goes by the stage name of Baomei poses at the Chunai 98 nightclub in Nanning, Guangxi Province, southern China. As views on sexuality slowly evolve in modern mainland China, the club which features a rare showcase of performances by a small group of cross-dressing Chinese men has slowly gained some local acceptance. Many of them come from small cities in other provinces, having left their families in search of acceptance, employment and a sense of community.
Zhou Zefu works on a giant steel sculpture of Guan Yu, known also as “Guan Gong”, a famous historical character in the Three Kingdoms period, at an open air workshop in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. Automobile repairing garage owner Wang Rong and his partners, professional welders Zhou and Shen Xinxing share an enthusiasm for making a giant steel sculpture
A car balances on a section of road that caved in in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China. The hole, which measures approximately 25 square metres, appeared on Wednesday morning.
Exam markers inspect students’ exam papers for the national college entrance examination to the higher academy of fine arts at the paper inspection site in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China.
A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province. China’s annual economic growth is forecast to have slowed to 7.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policy makers to head off a sharper slowdown this year.