Attracting quality bands from regions such France, Japan and the USA to Chinese music festivals isn't always easy, let alone the obscure Tuva.
Panjiayuan Market in Beijing was formed in 1992, and has now become an antique art market disseminating Chinese antique folk culture.
The claustrophobia of life in the grey capital has been known to suffocate the outdoorsy types who end up living in Beijing. But on a clear day, the mountains just beyond still coax and call, their little explored ridges and trails beckoning some away.
A focus of the Xidan area, Joy City is one of the largest shopping centers in the capital. Thirteen floors of consumer bliss, it's full of contemporary clothing and accessory brand names.
Just west of Chaoyang Park, dog walkers, joggers and local residents have been following the strangely curvaceous metal structure slowly writhing into existence.
Lhasa, capital city of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, has entered the worship season. Buddhists from across Tibet come to the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple for worship.
The first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan officially opened on Thursday, the first day of the year in the Anji county, Huzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province.