The Annual lantern festival takes place in the city of Tianjin, located 100 km (62 miles) east of Beijing February 9, 2009. The lantern festival marks the last day of the two-week Chinese lunar new year or Spring Festival.
Fire rages through the under-construction Mandarin Oriental hotel in downtown Beijing February 09, 2009. China Central Television apologized for the blaze that may have been sparked by illegal, Olympic-style fireworks the state broadcaster commissioned to celebrate the Lantern Festival. The inferno gutted the five-star hotel, that was part of the network's landmark headquarters, and killed a fireman.
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