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Top photos of 2013 from China.
The 14th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, touted as the world's biggest ice and snow festival, opens in Harbin, the capital of the China's northern Heilongjiang Province near Russia, January 7, 2013. As the festival grows in international attention, in sheer size and as China's economy grows, the size and amount of it's ice sculptures increase each year. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese artists perform a traditional lion dance at the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair celebrating China's lunar new year at an ancient park in Beijing on February 9, 2013. China's most important holiday, the Spring Festival begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese performers participate in a tourism festival celebrating traditional Chinese life in Langzhong, Sichuan Province, China on September 26, 2013. Both domestic and foreign tourism in China is projected to double over the next few years, making it one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Small statues of Mao Zedong are sold at a museum dedicated to former chairman Mao Zedong in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province in China on October 28, 2013. More than $2.5 billion is being poured into the hometown of China's founding father Mao Zedong to mark the 120th anniversary of his birth, local media reported. The amount of money being spent to celebrate Mao's birthday has prompted outrage online with many expressing anger and disappointment with the country's leaders. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese couple transports old furniture on their 3-wheel wagon in downtown Beijing on November 16, 2013. China, one of the world's fastest growing countries and economies over the past three decades, is facing a long-term decline in its economic growth rate, according to a top Chinese economic and political strategist . UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese woman feeds her large pig wearing a dress outside a convenience store in downtown Beijing on May 29, 2013. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese performers participate in a tourism festival celebrating traditional Chinese life in Langzhong, Sichuan Province, China on September 26, 2013. Both domestic and foreign tourism in China is projected to double over the next few years, making it one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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