Parents in China celebrate their children just like everyone else, and with census numbers showing far more boys than girls being born, officials are starting to relax the country's notoriously tough family planning restrictions to allow a second or even third child if the first born is a girl. Even with the change a cultural preference remains for boys, so officials will need to find other ways to establish a balance.
The Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, China is the world's largest breeding center for the species. Visitors can send sheep ($100), chickens ($25) and cows ($350) to their deaths by watching them being released into the tiger areas for a nominal price. The Siberian tiger is the largest of the world's big cats.
Hundreds of Christian pilgrims visit where tradition believes Jesus Christ was born, in Bethlehem, West Bank during the month of December. Palestinian officials say the number of tourists has significantly dropped since the Israeli-Gaza war in the summer.
China has slowly, but positively embraced ecotourism as unchecked development across the country has begun threatening cultural heritage areas and the traditional ways of life in ethnic-rich provinces.
The new screen stands eight stories tall and is nearly as long as a football field, spanning the entire block from 45th Street to 46th Street on Broadway. Nearly 24 million LED pixels, each containing tiny red, blue and green lights, make up the display, giving it higher resolution than even the best of today's top-of-the-line television sets.
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