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TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February ...TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February 26, 2015 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers training 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. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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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. 

World Famous Shaolin Monks Come To London's Chinatown...LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Shaolin monks pose for a photograph in Chinatown on February 23, 2015 in London, England. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu and are demonstrating their skills while in the UK.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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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...Villagers watch a dog fight during Chinese Spring Festival in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, February 22, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year began on February 19 and marks the start of the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram). Picture taken February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Villagers watch a dog fight during Chinese Spring Festival in Yuncheng, Shanxi province. 

***BESTPIX***People Celebrate The Spring Festival In China...BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 19: Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year February 19, 2015 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. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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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. 

 Chinese folk artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on February 18, 2015 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of 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

Performers gather during preparations fo...Performers gather during preparations for Chinese lunar new year celebrations in Hong Kong on February 17, 2015. The Chinese lunar new "year of the sheep" begins on February 19.   AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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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.

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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, Henan province February 11, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

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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 or Ram

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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

A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing

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A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing

Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters sit on horseback as they travel to a local competition in the mountains of Qinghe County, Xinjiang, northwestern China. The festival, organised by the local hunting community, is part of an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations in the mountainous region of western China that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. The training and handling of the large birds of prey follows a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters are preserving for future generations.

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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 have their faces shaved next to an excavator working at a demolition site in Nanchang

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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 January 30, 2015.

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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

Indian soldiers practice a march ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will be the "chief guest" at this year's parade, marked annually on Jan. 26.

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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.

Chinese Drag Queens Finding Acceptance...NANNING, CHINA - JANUARY 10:   In this composite, a Chinese drag queen who goes by the stage name of Baomei poses at the Chunai 98 nightclub on January 10, 2015 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.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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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. They decided to make the Guan Yu sculpture mainly with recycled automobile components and scrapped metals. The sculpture is expected to be finished in the middle of February and it will be 10m tall and weigh about 10 tons, local media reported

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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

People look on as a car balances on the edge of a caved-in area on a street in Guangzhou

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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.

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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...A worker installs electricity transmission components on an electricity pylon in Chuzhou, Anhui province January 12, 2015. China's annual economic growth likely slowed to 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policymakers to head off a sharper slowdown this year. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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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. 

People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. No injury was reported, according to local media

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People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region