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Chinese workers break for lunch at the site of a new subway line in Beijing, China. The line will be the 18th in the Beijing subway system, which is used by more than 10m people a day, according to local officials.
US first lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping, are escorted by officials as they visit the Forbidden City in Beijing on Friday. Mrs Obama arrived in Beijing with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange.
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Honour guards parade before a welcoming ceremony for Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The prince is on a four-day state visit to the country
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Chinese security personnel march outside the Great Hall of the People where the closing ceremony of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference was held in Beijing Read more
China’s National Meteorological Centre issued a “yellow” smog alert for much of the country’s north, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution that has cut visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels, affecting areas such as Tiananmen Square (above) in Beijing.
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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office
Two men stand under Chinese lanterns on Valentine’s Day at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing. The park held a kissing competition where about 100 couples competed by kissing in various poses and an iPhone 5S was presented to the winning couple
A woman and a child are seen through an art installation in the shape of the horse at a snow covered park in Beijing. Beijing saw this year’s first winter snow on Friday. Read more
Visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the lunar new year holiday in Beijing. Beijing is seeing its warmest new year period in six decades with temperatures averaging 8 degrees centigrade above normal, with snowfall yet to hit the city. Read more
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Trees are decorated with red lanterns at the Spring Festival Temple Fair in celebration of the lunar new year at the Temple of Earth park in Beijing on Thursday