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China's Guangxi Zhuang region: Breathtaking pictures of fisherman on the Li River at sunset. The pictures were taken on rivers in China's Guangxi Zhuang region to record the ancient art of cormorant fishingCormorant fishing is a dying art which involves sending trained cormorants to catch fish bring them back aliveThe fishermen tie a snare at the base of the their throat, stopping them from swallowing larger fish which they spit upOnce a vibrant and lucrative art, it has been practiced for more than 1,000 years but has been ravaged by industry By Matt Blake Published: 14:29 GMT, 16 April 2013 | Updated: 14:27 GMT, 17 April 2013 Guided only by the flicker of their lanterns and the last light of a dimming sun, three cormorant fishermen drift silently across a Chinese lake, hoping to make a last catch for the day. With its myriad shades of purples and blues, this stunning photograph provides an eery and touching snapshot of a dying tradition, all but stamped out by big business.

Scroll down for video. Sunrise and sunset reflected in flooded rice paddies dug into Chinese mountains over 1,000 years ago. By William Cook Published: 12:22 GMT, 15 November 2012 | Updated: 12:33 GMT, 15 November 2012 At first glance, they could be stained glass windows or modern art mosaics. But these mesmerising patterns are on a far larger scale. They're created by sunlight reflecting in flooded rice paddies on the high-altitude terraces of Yunnan Province, China. The glassy pools stretch as far as the eye can see in the mountainous Yuanyang county, one of the world's largest rice-producing areas. Mesmerising patterns: Sunlight reflects off the surface of hundreds of flooded rice paddies on terraces in Yuanyang county of Yunnan Province, China Glassy calm: French photographer Isabelle Chauvel climbed to an outcrop at 1,800 metres, where she stayed from sunrise to sunset to capture the view in different lights Photographer Isabelle Chauvel, 50, was amazed by the colours of the mirrored landscape, which was built by hand over 1,000 years ago. 'It's really amazing to view the work of men over more than 1,000 years.

HugChina | China stories | China pictures | China girls | China facts | Learn Chinese. Knocking off work... Entire city's shops shut in China after traders hear rumour of planned crackdown on counterfeit products. By Sara Malm Published: 12:36 GMT, 10 August 2012 | Updated: 13:32 GMT, 10 August 2012 An entire city in China has literally shut up shop as nearly all of its stores close after it was falsely reported that officials were planning a clampdown on the sale of counterfeit products. Officials in Shenyang city are now begging store owners to reopen after 95 per cent of shops remain closed. The online rumour sparked fears that the local council needed to get more revenue and had ordered taxmen to come down hard on shop owners.

A woman walks down a street of abandoned shops in Shenyang where inhabitants now struggle to find places to buy food After nearly all of the city's stores closed due to a false online rumour officials are now begging for owners to re-open But local officials have denied the story and appealed for store owners to reopen after they were flooded with complaints from residents who could no longer find shops open. ‘Shenyang is now a dead city. Miles out: The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long... that's more than twice the length of previous estimates. By David Gardner Published: 17:40 GMT, 6 June 2012 | Updated: 06:19 GMT, 7 June 2012 The Great Wall of China is a lot greater than anyone thought. The first formal measurement of the world's largest man-made structure revealed the wall was more than twice as long as previous estimates. In an archaeological survey that took five years to complete, China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced yesterday that the wall measures 21,196.18 km (13,170.69 miles).

The Great Wall of China north of Beijing, China. The Great Wall of China is among Seven Wonders of the World That's considerably longer than the previous mark of 8,850 km (5,500 miles), which was based largely on historical records. The Great Wall was started in 500 BC and first linked up under leader Qin Shi Huang in about 220 BC to protect China's northern border and fend off foreign invaders. The wall was put on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's list of World Heritage sites in 1987. China: 10,000 students perform incredible display of kung fu choreography to celebrate country's rich history. By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 12:09 GMT, 12 June 2012 | Updated: 14:15 GMT, 12 June 2012 Thousands of students put on a show of supreme choreography during a mass kung fu class to celebrate China's cultural history.

A total of 10,000 pupils from the Tagou martial arts school performed various moves in an extraordinary visual display in the country's Henan province. The event took place to mark the national Cultural Heritage Day, which is held on the second Saturday of June. Synchronised swimmers, eat your heart out: Thousands of students take part in a stunning display of kung fu choreography at the Tagou martial arts school in China Display of discipline: The event was held to mark China's annual Cultural Heritage Day which promotes the protection of the country's rich history The day, which was established by the government six years ago, is intended to promote the protection of the country's rich cultural resources.

Explore. Chinese national park offers £10,000 challenge to anyone who can disprove its claim to being inspiration behind Avatar. Managers at Zhangjiajie National Forest, Hunan Province, claim their sandstone pillars were inspiration for 'Hallelujah Mountains' on PandoraRivals at the Yellow Mountain Range in southern Anhui province in eastern China, beg to differBoth parks have seen 80% rise in visitor numbers since film was released By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 15:16 GMT, 2 August 2012 | Updated: 07:14 GMT, 3 August 2012 A Chinese national park has put up a £10,000 reward to anybody who can prove that it was NOT the inspiration behind Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. Managers at Zhangjiajie National Forest, Hunan Province, claim their spectacular sandstone pillars were the inspiration for the 'Hallelujah Mountains' on Pandora, the film's densely forested moon setting.

However, they already face a challenge from bitter rival Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain Range in southern Anhui province in eastern China, which claims it was the true source of the film. ... or the Yellow Mountain Range? Could it be? Take a look inside the world's biggest building: Chinese dome houses a shopping centre, Mediterranean village, water park, ice-skating rink, and multiple hotels. New Century Global Center is world's largest freestanding building capable of fitting 20 Sydney Opera Houses insideThe massive glass dome fits in a shopping centres, hotels, a water park and a village on 19m sq.ftThe 100metre high glass ceiling comes with its own artificial sun which will keeps visitors warm 24 hours a day By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 12:20 GMT, 11 July 2013 | Updated: 07:04 GMT, 12 July 2013 Shopping, swimming, skating, sunbathing and sleeping are all activities on offer to visitors at the world's largest building. The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China is capable of fitting 20 Sydney Opera Houses - or three Pentagons - inside.

Measuring a staggering 19million sq.ft. it contains shopping centres, a Mediterranean village, a water park, an ice-skating rink, and multiple hotels. Scroll down for video Gigantic: The world's largest building has opened in China capable of fitting 20 Sydney Opera Houses - or three Pentagons - inside.