Chinese honour guards line up for inspection before the arrival of German chancellor Angela Merkel for a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Ms Merkel is on a three-day visit to China and is expected to hold talks with Chinese officials to boost ties between the two countries Read more
Visitors walk down a steep section on a restored part of the Great Wall of China, at Mutianyu, north of Beijing on Friday
Children playing among the algae that has engulfed the beach in the city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, China
Diners are suspended from a crane as they enjoy a meal organized by the “Dinner in the Sky” over Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai on Friday. Dinner in the Sky kicked off in Shanghai with 22 diners enjoying their meal in a sky box suspended from a crane about 50 meters above the ground
Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
Players battle for the ball during a match at a swamp soccer tournament in Beijing. A total of 32 teams from across China participated in the event.
A pro-democracy activist scuffles with police officers while Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, meets with Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council minister Wang Yu-chi, in Taoyuan on Wednesday. Mr Zhang is trying to woo Taiwanese who remain suspicious about a pending trade pact.
Young Chinese football players attend classes after training at the Evergrande International Football School near Qingyuan in Guangdong Province, China. The sprawling 167-acre campus is the brainchild of property tycoon Xu Jiayin, whose ambition is to train a generation of young athletes to establish China as a football powerhouse. The school is considered the largest football academy in the world with 2,400 students, more than 50 pitches and a squad of Spanish coaches through a partnership with Real Madrid Read more
A man rides a bicycle at a bicycle sharing station in Beijing. China is acutely aware of an increasing number of protests over environmental concerns in the country, where three decades of rapid and unfettered industrial expansion have taken a heavy toll. Premier Li Keqiang announced in March that Beijing was “declaring war” against pollution. Read more
Police officers from a Swat (special weapons and tactics) team take part in a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, Guizhou province, southwest China