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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. 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

A Santa Claus walks in a hutong, in Beijing on December,23, 2014 as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day

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A Santa Claus walks in a hutong, in Beijing on Tuesday as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day

A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier closes a curtain after members of honor guard rehearse for a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

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A soldier closes a curtain after the honour guard rehearses for a welcome ceremony for visiting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

People visit newly-built ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation of the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, December 22, 2014. Picture taken December 22, 2014.

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People visit newly built ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial operation of the 16th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China 

A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province

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A woman looks out from a window of a bus covered with frost in Changchun, Jilin province.

Soldiers shout as they practise in temperatures of about minus 30 degrees centigrade (-22 F) in Heihe, Heilongjiang province

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Soldiers practise manoeuvres in temperatures of minus 30C in Heihe, Heilongjiang province in northeast China

Workers remove a banner at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters outside the People's Liberation  Army  headquarters in Hong Kong. Authorities started, on Thursday, clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months.

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Workers remove a banner at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters outside the People’s Liberation Army headquarters in Hong Kong. Authorities started, on Thursday, clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city’s most economically and politically important district for more than two months.

Frost covers the mask and part of the hat of a soldier of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as he stand guard near the border of China and Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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Frost covers the mask and part of the hat of a soldier of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as he stand guard near the border of China and Russia in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

A man walks past a message written on an overpass by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong

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A man walks past a message written on an overpass by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong

Residents take photos of snow-covered trees in Jilin, in northeast China's Jilin provinc

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Residents take photos of snow-covered trees in Jilin, China’s northeastern province

A giant 60-meter-tall ferris wheel is lit up as it is used by passengers for the first time, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

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A giant 60-meter-tall ferris wheel is lit up as it is used by passengers for the first time, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

This photo taken on November 2, 2014 shows farmer Tan Yong tying up his home-made submarine, after a dive on Danjiangkou reservoir, in China's central Hubei province. Tan Yong bolted together his two-tonne craft, christened the "Happy Lamb" after a popular cartoon character, in just nine months and has steered it down to depths of eight metres.   AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKERGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

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Farmer Tan Yong ties up his homemade submarine after a dive on Danjiangkou reservoir, in China’s central Hubei province. The farmer bolted together his 2-tonne craft in just 9 months and has steered it down to depths of 8 metres

Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on December 1, raising the stakes after one of the worst nights of violence to hit the demonstrations.

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Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement’s main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Tuesday. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong, and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on Monday.

A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes.

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A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes

Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of a Hello Kitty amusement park in Anji, Zhejiang province November 28, 2014. With an investment of $325 million, Hello Kitty Park will be China's first large scale amusement park scheduled to open to the public on New Year's day. According to state media, there are nearly 60 theme parks being built across China right at the moment.

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Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of a Hello Kitty amusement park in Anji, Zhejiang province on Friday. With an investment of $325 million, Hello Kitty Park will be China’s first large scale amusement park scheduled to open to the public on New Year’s day

Ethnic Miao girls wearing traditional costumes look back on their way home after school at the village of Basha in Congjiang county

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Ethnic Miao girls wearing traditional costumes look back on their way home after school at the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province

A police officer blows the whistle to the protesters as they remove the barricades at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people.

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A police officer blows his whistle at pro-democracy protesters as barricades are removed from an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Wednesday

Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff's removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on November 25, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong's high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.

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Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff’s removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on Tuesday in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong’s high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders

Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag...Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag during a farewell ceremony in Beijing, November 24, 2014.

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Retired paramilitary policemen, who raise and lower China’s flag every day in Tiananmen Square, salute during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on Monday.

Bailiffs walk past people at a make-shift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong, November 24, 2014. An injunction has been issued by the court, but not yet enforced, for two main streets in the gritty district of Mong Kok, which has seen some of the most violent clashes of the past seven weeks.

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Bailiffs walk past people at a makeshift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at the Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong on Monday. An injunction to clear the road has been issued but not yet enforced.