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Photo Archive --- Date:20031225

Song Zuying renders her role in a musical melodrama

Song Zuying, Chinese contemporary top-notch soprano vocalist, renders her role in the debut of a musical melodrama Equator Rains, at the Tianqiao Theater in Beijing, Dec, 24, 2003. This is the premiere of the popular Chinese folk singer in musical melodrama.(Xinhua)

Christmas holiday in China

Teens dressed as Santa's helpers skate on Nanjing Donglu in Shanghai yesterday to celebrate the Christmas holidays. They joined a skating group and delivered candies to children passing by. Many young Chinese in Beijing have geared up for something fancy and special during the week or so that has become known as the Christmas holiday season. [newsphoto)

Mao Zedong's Birthday Celebrated in Hometown

Thousands of people attend a poem-reciting and singing ceremony commemorating late Chinese leader Mao Zedong in his hometown Shaoshan, central China's Hunan Province Dec. 24, 2003. Diversified activities are ongoing throughout China in commemoration of the 110th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth that falls on Dec. 26. (Xinhua)

China donates US$100,000 to Philippine for disaster relief

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Wang Chungui (R) presents a cheque of 5.5 million pesos (100,000 US dollars) to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Delia Albert in Manila, capital of the Philippines, Dec. 24, 2003. The Chinese government offered the donation mainly for disaster relief work in several provinces of the country hit by floods and landslides recently. (Xinhua)

Badges make Chairman Mao

A relative of Gui Lin, who is known for abundant collection of badges of late Chairman Mao Zedong, introduces some of Mao's badges at Lanzhou Library in this capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, Dec. 24, 2003. Gui offers 4,000 badges out of his 20,000 collections to show the visitors at an exhibition as part of the commomoration of the 110th anniversary of the birth of late Chairman Mao, which falls on Dec. 26. (Xinhua)

Beijing kicks off construction of Olympic venues

A foundation-laying ceremony for construction of the National Stadium and the National Swimming Center, two of the main venues for the 2008 Olympic Games, is held in Beijing, China's capital, Dec. 24, 2003. This indicates the start of a three-year building project for the games. (Xinhua) 

large China Knots in Hangzhou

Workers try to hang up a pair of large China Knots in central Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Dec. 24, 2003. This pair of China Knots which each weighs 630 kilograms and measues 18 meters in both width and height took more than 30 craftsmen one month to weave. China knots are traditional Chinese handicrafts made of only one silk thread or ribbon, symbolizing nice wishes. (Xinhua)

Terror alert in New York

A police officer inquires a truck driver on a street in New York, Dec. 23, 2003. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced on Dec. 21 that the US government has raised the national terror alert to Orange from Yellow which means high risk. (Xinhua)

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