Top Law-maker: China Hopes to Expand Trade With AzerbChina hopes to expand trade with Azerbaijan to forge a still firmer basis for developing bilateral ties, China's top law-maker Li Peng said in Beijing Tuesday.
Huang Ju Urges Faster Pace for Economic Development in Western ChinaMember of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Huang Ju urged local governments to use the opportunity of the "Go-West Campaign" to further speed up economic development in western China.
International Orchid Exhibition Held in FushanThe picture taken on Jan. 21, 2003 shows Cattleya, gold winner at the international orchid exhibition held in Fushan, south China's Guangdong Province. Some 1,000 pots of about 200 varieties of orchids were on display in the exhibition Tuesday. (Xinhua)
Ancient Wu Dang Mountain Temple DestroyedThe upper photo taken on Jan. 21, 2003 shows the badly-damaged major hall of the Yuzhengong Palace at a "World Cultural Heritage" site at Wudangshan Mountain in central China's Hubei Province during a fire on Jan. 19, 2003. The file photo below shows the major hall of the palace before the fire. (Xinhua)
Gold Medals Are Awarded to TaxpayersGold medals are awarded to the 10 top taxpayers in Daowai district of Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 21, 2003. Awards are also given to 34 enterprises because each of them has paid more than 1 million yuan (about 120,480 US dollars) in taxes. The move is aimed at encourging all the peolpe to contribute to the economical development in the province. (Xinhua)
Taiwan Entrepreneur Visits Old Citizens A businessman (1st L) from Taiwan pays a visit to a 105-year-old woman in a social welfare center in Fuzhou, east China's Fujian Province, Jan. 21, 2003. As the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year is coming, the Taiwan entrepreneur, who is doing business in Fuzhou, has brought many new year presents to the old citizens or orphans living in the welfare center on behalf of hundreds of Taiwan enterprises in the city. (Xinhua)
Chinese, S. African Leaders Hold Talks in PretoriaVisiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing said Tuesday in Pretoria that the African continent is the key to maintaining peace, promoting development and achieving common prosperity in the present world.
Winter Vacation for Children in Beijing Members of a children drama group in the Fusuijing community practise their skill according to a tutor's instruction in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 21, 2003. The Fusuijing community set up the drama group in December 2002 in order to enrich primary and middle school students' life during their winter vacation. (Xinhua)
"Green Channel" for Rural Labourers A crew member of the Guangzhou Railway Station helps toy factory workers board a train in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 21, 2003. The railway station Tuesday opened a special "Green Channel" for those homesick labourers during the peak travel season for the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year which begins on Feb.1. (Xinhua)
"Green Channel" at the Guangzhou Railway StationSome 115 rural workers of a toy factory are to take a train through the "Green Channel" at the Guangzhou Railway Station in south China's Guangdong Province Jan. 21, 2003. This has been specially opened to those homesick rural labourers during the peak travel season for the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year which begins on Feb.1. (Xinhua )
Teenager Snow Sculpture Contest in HarbinSix-year-old Li Xintong carves at a teenager snow sculpture contest in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 21, 2003. Over 60 children from 20 schools attended the two-day event ended here in the chilly wind Tuesday. (Xinhua)
New Bookstore Opens in GuilinLiang Can, a student of Guilin No.4 Middle School, chooses books at a newly-opened Guilin Bookstore, the biggest of its kind in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jan. 21, 2003. With a total investment of 45 million yuan (about 5.5 million US dollars), the bookstore, covering a floor space of 13,389 centiares, was inaugurated here Tuesday. (Xinhua)
Charity Auction in ShanghaiA painting with signatures by famous actresses from Shanghai Shaoxing opera troupe is sold by auction in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 21, 2003. A total of 352 pieces of paintings and calligraphys were sold at auction and all income will be donated to the Project Hope to help poor dropout students go back to school. (Xinhua)
Tourism Supermarket Debuts in TaiyuanA clerk (R) makes an introduction to a client by a video show about the scenic spots in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in a tourism supermarket, the first of its kind run by the China Travel Service in Shanxi Province Jan. 21, 2003. Many residents in Taiyuan, capital of the province, plan to travel to other parts of China or go abroad during the coming traditional Chinese Spring Festival holidays. (Xinhua)
British Policemen Sudden Raid a Mosque in LondonOne of the two British plainclothes policemen puts a bag of important documents in a car, which were discovered during their sudden raid on a mosque near the Finsbury Park in north London, Jan. 20, 2003. About 150 armed policemen, with the aid of two helicopters, burst into the mosque and arrested seven suspects and discovered some material evidence in connection with the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in the city earlier this month. (Xinhua)
Polygonal CDs Become Popular in BeijingA female salesman shows a pentagonal CD in Hailong electronic product market in Zhongguancun, Beijing, Jan. 21, 2003. This kind of polygonal CD popular in the city recently, with the storage of 30 to 50 MB, costs three to eight yuan each. (Xinhua)
Shanghai's Container Port Ranks Word Fouth This photo shows a busy scene of the container dock of Zhanghuabang Harbor, Shanghai, Jan. 21, 2003. Shanghai has become the fourth largest container port in the world thanks to its handling capacity of 8.61 million TEU in 2002, an increase of 35.8 percent compared with that of 2001. (Xinhua)
Fujian Shoe Quality Control Center Set Up in JinjiangWorkers of the Jinjiang Shoe Quality Control Center test soles, in Jinjiang City, southeast China's Fujian Province, Jan. 21, 2003. The Center imported some advanced equipment so that it can test the quality of shoes according to the national and international standard. (Xinhua)
Chinese Knot A woman introduces a large Chinese knot to the customers in a shop in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 20, 2003. People in the city have begun preparing for the Chinese Spring Festival that falls on February 1. (Xinhua)
Colorful Clay Figures for Spring FestivalColorful clay figures are displayed in a shop in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 20, 2003 to welcome the Chinese traditional Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 1. (Xinhua)
Greeting Spring Festival in MexicoA girl hangs a red lantern in a Chinatown in Mexico City Jan. 20, 2003. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, next year will be the Year of Goat that begins on Feb. 1. People in Mexico are now busy preparing for the Spring Festival. (Xinhua)
Korea's Musical Instrument Factories Opened in TianjinA merchant from the Republic of Korea (ROK) trys on an electric guitar, in Dajianchang Town, Wuqing District, Tianjin, China, Jan. 20, 2003. Some 12 tumtum and tumtum's correlator companies from ROK have opened factories in the town, which has become a famous producing base for occidental musical instruments now. (Xinhua)
Animals Enjoy the Naturel Environment in KunmingThis undated photo shows a wild macaque in the virgin woods in the Changyuan Autonomous Prefecture of the Va Ethnic Group in southwest China's Yunnan Province. The local authorities of the prefecture have carried out a series of policies to enclose hillsides to facilitate afforestation and to return farmland to forests in recent years. These measures have greatly improved local environment. Lots of rare species of animals have immigrated here. (Xinhua)