Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming (2nd L) walks past security personnel as he arrives for the closing session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, on Monday
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People watch a fight between male small-tail han sheep in Hanhejing village in Huaxian county in central China’s Henan province
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A visitor passes inside a section of Zhu Jinshi’s ‘Boat’ Installation art at The Rotunda, Exchange Square on Monday in Hong Kong. The public exhibition brings to Hong Kong for the first time a monumental 18-metre long, 7-metre high installation composed of bamboo, cotton and over 12,000 sheets of xuan (rice) paper
Attendants prepare tea for delegates ahead of the second plenary meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday
A woman walks past trees reflected on a lake in front of a construction site of a residential compound on a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
A military band conductor practices during rehearsal ahead the opening session of the third plenum of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Thursday
An acrobat crosses a tightrope with his knees over the Wanda Plaza in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.
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Police officers on motorised vehicles patrol in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
Attendants carry thermos as they prepare tea for delegates ahead of the opening session of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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