A Tibetan woman displays her Qing Dynasty family dress in Zhailong Village on April 24, 2005 in Danba County of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
A performer plays the role of the Emperor during a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony of Qing Dynasty Emperors praying at Ritan Park which holds the ceremony of 'fete day'' to mark the first day of spring on March 21st, 2011 in Beijing, China. March 21st is the Day of Vernal Equinox according to the Chinese lunar calender. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Yueyaquan is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China. It was named Yueyaquan in the Qing Dynasty. According to measurements made in 1960, the average depth of the lake was 4 to 5 meters, with a maximum depth of 7.5 metres In the following 40 years, the depth of the lake continually declined. In the early 1990s, its area had shrunk to only 5,500 m2 with an average depth of 0.9 meter (maximum 1.3 meter). In 2006, the local government with help of the central government started to fill the lake and restore its depth; its depth and size have been growing yearly since then. The lake and the surrounding deserts are very popular with tourists, who are offered camel and 4x4 rides.
Organizers of an exhibition of ancient instruments of torture in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, have suggested that children, heart disease patients and people with high blood pressure stay away because of the vivid depictions of shocking cruelty. The exhibition has more than 200 instruments of torture on display in the 50,000-square-meter exhibition halls of a restored ancient building. Wax figures, along with sound and light techniques, are incorporated for scary effect. The local government said the exhibition is for tourists and historians to research ancient torture practices. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)
Stray dogs stand on tombs in Diamond Hill cemetery in Hong Kong, China, 04 April 2017. According to the lunar calendar, the Qingming Festival is observed on 04 April . The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is marked by Chinese people by going to the cemetery to cleaning up tombs, bring flowers, and making offerings to their ancestors. (Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA)
Underwater photographer of the year – winner. Dancing Octopus by Gabriel Barathieu (France). Location: Island of Mayotte, off the coast of south-east Africa. “Balletic and malevolent”, one judge said of this octopus, hunting in a lagoon. Barathieu waited until spring tides when there was just 30cm of water on the flats and plenty of light in the shallows. (Photo by Gabriel Barathieu/UPY2017)
The vendors show the toy of snake at the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake at the Temple of Earth park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day. (Photo by Feng Li)
A South China Tiger cub meets public at Guangzhou Zoo on June 22, 2017 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Guangzhou Zoo boasts of the successful breeding of South China Tiger cub after 15 years. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)