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Vietnam's 'incense village' blazes pink ahead of lunar new year

In Vietnam's "incense village", dozens are hard at work dying, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday.


A Unesco World Heritage site, the Qasr al-Farid (Lonely Castle) tomb carved into rose-colored sandstone in Madain Saleh near the town of al-Ula in Saudi Arabia.

Ice fishing

Thousands of anglers casting lines through holes on a frozen river during the annual ice fishing festival in Hwacheon, about 120km northeast of Seoul. The 3-week festival draws up to a million people to the frozen river, where organizers drill some 20,000 fishing holes in the ice and release 180 tons of trout into the river during the festival period.

Kite festival

People taking part in the International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, India.


A costumed participant taking part in the "La Vijanera" winter masquerade carnival to bid farewell to the previous year and pave the way for the next in Silio in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria.

Ice sculptures

Ice sculptures on display during the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.

Snow sculptures

A visitor walking past a pig sculpture made from snow and ice marking the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Pig in Harbin in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province.


Tourists and locals visiting the Dubai Mall Aquarium in downtown Dubai.

New Year fireworks

View of Christ the Redeemer above Rio De Janeiro during the new year fireworks celebration.


Swans swimming in an icy pond at Kugulu Park in Ankara, Turkey.



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