In provincial Chinese cities such as Nantong people pursue their lives as change happens around them.Layers of building peel away as the modern devours the old. People spend final moments in their homes,waiting for when their time arrives to move on.
In recent decades, China has suffered from severe environmental deterioration and pollution. While regulations such as the 1979 Environmental Protection Law are fairly stringent, they are poorly enforced, as they are frequently disregarded.
Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year. Celebrations are underway across the world's most populous country. The new year begins when the new moon is seen in the sky. In the Chinese zodiac, this year will be the year of the snake.
This year, a new and unique event" China Light Rotterdam" will bring warmth and sparkle to the dark months of winter. The Chinese tradition of light festivals is now underway to " The Park" at the Euromast in Rotterdam.
Children's Day is like China's Christmas. Children get presents and 'lucky' money from family and family friends. Schools put on shows for the parents. These are pictures from a kindergarten in the South of China. Foshan, China. 01/06/2010
Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, visits Guangzhou City, capital of the Guangdong Province, the most important economic zone in South China.
Angela Merkel gives a speech at the German-Chinese Economic Forum. 3rd February 2012
China Town in Mexico City is celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the snake. China Town is located in the Historic Center of Mexico City, thousands of tourists visit the shops in search of amulets, calendars and figures of serpents.
The Hungry Ghost Festival is a month-long Chinese traditional festival that takes place during the seventh month of the lunar calendar. This year more than 100 celebrations are held in Hong Kong alone.
File images: After weeks of rumors, Marcello Lippi, 64, seems to be close to signing with Guangzhou Evergrande. The Azzurri's former coach decided to travel to China to turn a new page in his life. File images taken in 2009.
Members of the public commute and go for groceries as the snow intensifies in China. Snowfall is expected to last for three days, which will lower temperatures by 8 to 10 degrees Celsius, according to the Shenyang meteorological observatory.
China, represented by Fu Jianbo and Li Hewen pose for the camera after winning the World Cup of Pool 2010 against Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez of team Philippines at the Robinsons Place Mall. Manila Philippines. 12/09/2010