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A man floating in the waters filled with algae at a beach in Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province. The algal phenomenon, an annual occurrence in Qingdao, is usually caused by an abundance of nutrients in the water, especially phosphorus, although the triggers for the enormous blooms which began to appear in the Yellow Sea in 2007 remain uncertain

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A man floats in the waters filled with algae at a beach in Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province. The algal phenomenon, an annual occurrence in Qingdao, is usually caused by an abundance of nutrients in the water, especially phosphorus

Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao...Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao, Shandong province, March 27, 2015. China's property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years amid a glut of housing supply, and real estate investment growth eased. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Fog covers residential buildings in Qingdao, China. China’s property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years 

A member of People's Liberation Army (PLA) coastal defence force jumps through a burning obstacle during a drill to mark the 87th Army Day at a military base in Qingdao, Shandong province July 29, 2014. The PLA Army Day falls on August 1 every year. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to strike hard against graft in the military, urging soldiers to banish corrupt practices and ensure their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, state media reported on Friday.

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A member of People’s Liberation Army coastal defence force jumps through a burning obstacle during a drill to mark the 87th Army Day at a military base in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. Army Day falls on August 1 every year

children playing with algae on a beach in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province

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Children playing among the algae that has engulfed the beach in the city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, China

A woman covers her mouth as smoke rises from a street damaged by an explosion of a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline in Qingdao, Shandong province November 22, 2013. An explosion in a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline killed 35 people in Qingdao in eastern China on Friday, causing a blaze that took several hours to bring under control and halting operations at a major oil port, media and ship brokers said.

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A woman covers her mouth against the smoke in a street damaged by an explosion at a Sinopec oil pipeline in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. The explosion killed 35 people and caused a blaze that took several hours to bring under control, halting operations at a major oil port.

A Chinese beachgoer wearing a protective head mask, dubbed "face-kinis" by Chinese netizens, on a public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face.

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A Chinese beachgoer wearing a protective head mask, dubbed “face-kinis” by Chinese netizens, on a public beach in Qingdao, northeast China’s Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face.

A worker cleans algae off a fence near the coastline in Qingdao, Shandong province, June 28, 2013.

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A worker cleans algae off a fence near the coastline in Qingdao, Shandong province, China on Friday.

A swimmer walks on a beach covered in seaweed in the coastal city of Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province, 17 June 2013. The seaweed, named enteromorpha prolifera grow quickly due to marine water eutrophication and warm weather following the ocean current that gather at the coastlines of Qingdao and the neighboring cities in recent days. This causes oxygen deficiency for the marine aquaculture and bad effects for the tourism.

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A swimmer walks on a beach covered in seaweed in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province in eastern China.