Yang Lei's thick eyebrows belie his smooth jaw till the Peking Opera performer reveals he shaves before applying makeup, to make sure there is no stubble. After all, stubble just won't do when the 33-year-old goes on stage dressed in dazzling costumes and sings a soprano aria.
A villager turned artist performs Ping Opera with the Xicheng Art Theater in Xian county, North China’s Hebei province on Oct 22, 2011, where 133 village theaters have been established The county’s Rural Artists Association has strived to set up more local performances by organizing and training rural amateur artists since 2010.
A Persian cat stretches its paw through the cage bars at a cat exhibition in Wuhan, Hubei province, October 22, 2011.A large number of visitors crowded the show, local media said.[Photo/Agencies]
The water levels of Poyang Lake now stand at 10.13 meters, which signifies the drought-plagued lake has entered the dry season half a month earlier than previous years. It is the third time this year the lake has run dry.