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Five pairs of twins, all first graders at Chibi Road Primary School in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province, run on campus to celebrate the start of a new chapter in their young lives. Millions of students across the country started a new semester today. --Xinhua

Looking great on first day of school

Five pairs of twins, all first graders at Chibi Road Primary School in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu Province, run on campus to celebrate the start of a new chapter in their young lives. Millions of students across the country started a new semester today. --Xinhua

People do shopping at the Sanya Haitang Bay International Shopping Mall in Sanya, south China's Hainan province, Sept. 1, 2014. The mall which opened on Monday is the world's largest duty free shop (DFS) with a business area of some 72,000 square meters. Offshore duty-free shopping in Hainan's two DFS stores in 2013, hit 3.29 billion yuan (530.6 million U.S. dollars), up 40 percent year on year.

The world's largest duty free shop opens in China's Sanya

People do shopping at the Sanya Haitang Bay International Shopping Mall in Sanya, south China's Hainan province, Sept. 1, 2014. The mall which opened on Monday is the world's largest duty free shop (DFS) with a business area of some 72,000 square meters. Offshore duty-free shopping in Hainan's two DFS stores in 2013, hit 3.29 billion yuan (530.6 million U.S. dollars), up 40 percent year on year.

Combo photo taken on Sept. 1, 2014 shows people doing shopping at the Sanya Haitang Bay International Shopping Mall in Sanya, south China's Hainan province. The mall which opened on Monday is the world's largest duty free shop (DFS) with a business area of some 72,000 square meters. Offshore duty-free shopping in Hainan's two DFS stores in 2013, hit 3.29 billion yuan (530.6 million U.S. dollars), up 40 percent year on year.

The world's largest duty free shop opens in China's Sanya

Combo photo taken on Sept. 1, 2014 shows people doing shopping at the Sanya Haitang Bay International Shopping Mall in Sanya, south China's Hainan province. The mall which opened on Monday is the world's largest duty free shop (DFS) with a business area of some 72,000 square meters. Offshore duty-free shopping in Hainan's two DFS stores in 2013, hit 3.29 billion yuan (530.6 million U.S. dollars), up 40 percent year on year.

From left to right, first runner-up Erin Wong, champion Veronica Shiu and second runner-up Katherine Ho.

Miss Hong Kong 2014 crowned

From left to right, first runner-up Erin Wong, champion Veronica Shiu and second runner-up Katherine Ho.

Vehicles are seen near Liujiayao Bridge in Beijing this morning, the first day of the new semester for primary and middle school students. Severe traffic jams are expected this month due to a rise in tourists, big events and shopping promotions for both the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday.  --Xinhua

Gridlock in the capital

Vehicles are seen near Liujiayao Bridge in Beijing this morning, the first day of the new semester for primary and middle school students. Severe traffic jams are expected this month due to a rise in tourists, big events and shopping promotions for both the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday. --Xinhua


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