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In pictures: China celebrates Olympics

Chinese man waves  flag with Beijing Olympic Games logo

China has staged lavish celebrations to mark the one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Ceremony at Millennium Monument in Beijing

Elaborate events brought thousands of people together, including here at the capital city's Millennium Monument.

Students play instruments at the Great Wall of China

At the Great Wall of China, 999 costumed students from across the country gathered to play Chinese traditional musical instruments.

Chinese lion and dragon dancers

In Beijing, Chinese lion and dragon dancers performed under a banner reading: "Welcome Olympics, Be Civilized, Set Good Example".

Man flies kite sporting the Olympics logo in Beijing

The date of the Games - 8 August 2008 - is significant in China, where eight is regarded as a lucky number.

Chinese performers stand near a sculpture in Beijing

The eagerly-anticipated Games will be the most expensive in history and the first to be hosted by China.

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But the choice of China has drawn angry protests from human rights campaigners, who say Beijing has used the event to further suppress dissent.

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