Children playing among the algae that has engulfed the beach in the city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, China
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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.
Police detain an elderly demonstrator protesting against the Chinese justice system on Wednesday outside the Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan, Shandong Province, where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will go on trial. Once one the top politicians in China, Mr Bo is accused of bribery and abuse of power. The trial, due to begin on Thursday, is the country’s highest-profile prosecution in decades
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, China on Friday.
A swimmer walks on a beach covered in seaweed in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province in eastern China.
An investor naps in front of screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Qingdao, Shandong province on April 12 2013. China shares extended a weekly losing streak to three with a feeble finish on Friday, dragged down by weakness in the brokerage sector with Founder Securities diving almost 7 per cent.