Members of a music band smoke cigarettes on a bench as they take a break, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, on Wednesday. China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry of Finance said in early May, in a move to deter smokers in the world’s biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.
Participants compete during a bodybuilding contest at a gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei province
People catch a fish on a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Dongguan, Guangzhou province, China
A man walks past a billboard at the Global Gaming Expo Asia in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau on Wednesday. The three-day fair of gambling innovations, the largest gaming event in Asia, showcases the industry’s latest products, services and technologies at the glitzy Venetian Macau hotel
Skyscrapers Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower are seen during heavy rain at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on Friday
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as he visits The Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking his global investment push to China this week
Residents wearing masks pose for a photograph near a statue of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, as a sandstorm hits Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China
Construction workers take a nap in front of the wall of a construction site during their lunch break in Beijing, China
China’s Ma Long serves against South Korea’s Joo Sae-hyuk in their men’s singles fourth round match at the World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou, Jiangsu province on Friday.
An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hong Kong island (foreground) and Kowloon (back left) separated by Victoria harbour. The city’s government on Wednesday unveiled its Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017.
China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.
Workers clean the windows of an office building above panda installations, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. About 280 panda installations were displayed at a square outside a shopping mall
Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers after they boycotted Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government on Wednesday unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader, in a plan that reflected China’s desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists
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Visitors look at a Toyota FV2 concept car on display at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday. The Auto Shanghai international car show runs until April 29.
Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing
People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province, China
At least six people were injured after an explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics in eastern China
Employees work at a factory in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China
Children watch a 3D war movie at a community theatre in Hefei, Anhui province, China.
Students play with their soccer balls as they walk among crop fields to the Sunji Township Centre Primary School during sunrise in Sunji township of Shanghe county.