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A couple walk beneath a display of lanterns for the Lunar New Year as China prepares for the Year of the Horse in Beijing on January 28, 2014.  China is preparing to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Horse which falls on January 31 and will see about 3.62 billion trips made by Chinese travelers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.

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A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.

Workers undertake drainage repairs on a street on a commercial street in Beijing on December 10, 2013. Chinese inflation decelerated to 3.0 percent in November, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, well under the government's target for the year.

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Workers undertake drainage repairs on a commercial street in Beijing. Chinese inflation slowed to 3% in November, the National Bureau of Statistics said, comfortably below the government’s target of 3.5% for the year.

Workers transport construction materials as they walk past an advertisement in Beijing...Women workers transport construction materials as they walk past an advertisement for a luxury brand at a shopping district in Beijing, November 14, 2013.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Female workers transport construction materials as they walk past an advertisement for a luxury brand at a shopping district in Beijing.

A delivery courier uses his mobile phone as he lies in a tricycle along a road  in Beijing on Monday. Chinese manufacturing grew at its strongest pace in 18 months in October.

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A delivery courier uses his mobile phone as he lies in a tricycle on a road in Beijing on Monday. Chinese manufacturing grew at its strongest pace in 18 months in October.

Chinese hairstylist Wu Jia, left, sprays hairspray on a model's hair during the L'Oreal Hairstyling Show at China Fashion Week in Beijing Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

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A hairstylist works on a model’s hair during a show at China Fashion Week in Beijing.

Multiple exposure of Japan's Imai performing at the women's short program segment during the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Beijing...A multiple exposure picture shows Japan's Haruka Imai performing at the women's short program segment during the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Beijing, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A multiple exposure picture shows Japan’s Haruka Imai performing during the Cup of China ISU grand prix of figure skating in BeijingRead more

A model presents a creation from 2014 Gioia Pan & Mark Cheung Collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing...A model presents a creation from 2014 Gioia Pan & Mark Cheung Collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing, October 31, 2013.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A model wears a dress from the 2014 Gioia Pan and Mark Cheung collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing on Thursday. Read more

A model presents a creation from a lingerie collection during the China Fashion Week in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

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A model on Wednesday presents a creation from a lingerie collection during China Fashion Week in BeijingRead more

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A flag covers the face of an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Mongolian prime minister Norovyn Altankhuyag, outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Read more

A man talks on his mobile phone outside a construction site in central Beijing. China's government wants to prevent a bubble from forming and head off unrest if people cannot afford to buy homes. However, it cannot tighten too much as a strong property market has helped offset an economic slowdown. The Chinese characters behind on the gate read, "China".

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A man talks on his mobile phone outside a construction site in central Beijing.