Red-crowned Cranes In Yancheng Nature Reserve In Jiangsu Province Red-crowned cranes troll through a nature reserve in Yancheng, a city in East China's Jiangsu Province while their cousins in Jilin Province are affected by a four-year drought. To protect the species, which is on the verge of extinction, China has established 15 national nature reserves, covering more than 88 million hectares.
The Uncanny Workmanship Of Lingbi StoneThis photo taken shows a Lingbi stone Uncanny Workmanship, which is collected in Lingbi county, east China's Anhui Province. Lingbi stone is top grade among all China-produced gemstones. The stone can produce different sounds when people hit different parts. Lingbi stones were used in making musical instruments in ancient times, a craft continues even nowadays.
Many Historic Sites Are Submerged In Three Gorges AreasThis photo taken on June 7, 2003, shows a stretch of ancient plank road built along the cliff of Qutang Gorge on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. With the storage of water in Three Gorges Reservoir, many historic sites are submerged.
A Quarantine Room For University Entrance ExaminationsAn exam worker decorates a quarantine exam room with solicitude, where a student was to attend China's national university entrance examinations, in Haidian district of Beijing June 7, 2003. The student's family are in quarantine because her mother had unintentional contact with a SARS patient in a hospital.
Ferrero Take The Men's Singles CrownSpain's Juan Carlos Ferrero returns a forehand to the Netherlands' Martin Verkerk during the men's final match at the French Open tennis championships in Paris June 8, 2003. Ferrero won 6-1 6-3 6-2 to take the men's singles crown.
A Victim Of The Suicide Car Bomber In KabulA German peacekeeping soldier is carried on a stretcher into a CH-53 airforce helicopter opon arrival from Kabul at the military section of the Colgne/Bonn airport in Germany on Sunday June 8, 2003. The soldier was among the victims of a suicide car bomber that blew up a bus full of German troops in Kabul, killing four soldiers and wounding 31 in the biggest attack on the force to date.
Yunan Tourism Starts New Programmes Girls in the Yi minority's costume dance in the Kunming World Expo Garden in Southwest China's Yunnan Province during a ceremony held Sunday to start a local tourism programme. More tourism programmes are expected to follow to lure visitors from home and abroad.
The Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Sanya City Starts An engineer checks equipment at a gas transmission station in Sanya, in South China's Hainan Province. Trials of the city's civil natural gas pipeline project, with an investment of 210 million yuan (US$25.4 million), started on Saturday.
The Water Level Of The Three Gorges Reservoir Is Close To 135 MetersThis photo taken on June 8, 2003 shows the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province. The water level of the Three Gorges reservoir had reached 128.66 meters by 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The water level is expected to rise to 135 meters by June 15, and navigation on the Yangtze River will resume on June 16.
Medical Experts Receive Warm GreetingsXiao Zhenglun, a medical expert who had been send to Beijing to reinforce Beijing people to fight against SARS, embraces his wife at Baiyun Airport of Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, June 7, 2003. Xiao and some other medical experts receive warm greetings from their families and friends.
China Begins Building World's Longest Trans-bay Bridge People take part in the stone laying ceremony of China's first, and world's longest trans-oceanic bridge at the Hangzhou Bay in east China's Zhejiang Province June 8, 2003. With an estimated cost of 11.8 billion yuan (US$1.42 billion), the 36-km-long bridge will link Cixi City on the southern bank of the bay with Jiaxing City on the northern bank after five-year construction.
Beijingers Enjoy Their Lives Residents take a leisure of tea and bamboo flute in a boat on the Kunyu River in a rain in Beijing June 8, 2003.
Shanghai's Economy Keeps Prosperous This photo taken on June 8, 2003 shows the lighted Nanjing Road in Shanghai. The gross domestic product (GDP) of Shanghai in May reaches 47.569 billion yuan, a 10.3 percent increase over the same period of 2002, according to the newest statistics.
The World's Longest Trans-oceanic Bridge Begins Constructuion(2) This map shows the location of China's first, and world's longest trans-oceanic bridge, which begins construction at the Hangzhou Bay in east China's Zhejiang Province June 8, 2003. With an estimated cost of 11.8 billion yuan (US$1.42 billion), the 36-km-long bridge will link Cixi City on the southern bank of the bay with Jiaxing City on the northern bank after five-year construction.
US Reports First Outbreak Of Human Monkeypox CasesAt least 19 people in three US Midwest states have contracted monkeypox, a disease related to smallpox, marking the first outbreak of the life-threatening illness in the Western Hemisphere. The monkeypox virus is believed to be spread by rodents known as prairie dogs, which have become popular as pets.
The World's Longest Trans-oceanic Bridge Begins Construction This undated photo shows a blueprint of China's first, and world's longest trans-oceanic bridge, which begins construction at the Hangzhou Bay in east China's Zhejiang Province June 8, 2003. With an estimated cost of 11.8 billion yuan (US$1.42 billion), the 36-km-long bridge will link Cixi City on the southern bank of the bay with Jiaxing City on the northern bank after five-year construction.