My Sinchew/ Photo story


Illuminations in Blackpool, northwestern England, an annual event since 1879, stretch along the seafront for 6 miles using more than one million bulbs. They were first installed in an attempt to extend the holiday season from late August until early November.


Balinese launch paper lanterns to celebrate the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Denpasar.


A giant sign saying "YUK" made from cigarette butts in an effort to get smokers to bin their cigarette butts in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.


The traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest Beer Festival at the Theresienwiese Fair Grounds in Munich, southern Germany. The world-famous Oktoberfest kicks off with millions of revellers set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in a 16-day extravaganza of lederhosen, oompah music and beer.


Lava flowing out of Bardarbunga volcano in southeastern Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. The 2.000-meter Bardarbunga, the second highest peak in Iceland, is located under Europe's largest glacier Vatnajoekull.

Hot air balloons

Hot air balloons flying over buildings on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, during the International festival of aeronautics.


A family of capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) rests on one of the banks of Paraguay River in Caceres, Brazil, the gateway to the Pantanal. Often referred to as the world's largest freshwater wetland system, the Pantanal is a stunning biodiversity sanctuary extending through millions of hectares in central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay, and includes sanctuaries for migratory birds, nursery grounds for aquatic life and refuges for creatures as the yacare caiman, deer and jaguar.

Big rabbit

Designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the 25.3-meter long giant white rabbit made of plastic and wood is on display during an art exhibition in Taoyuan county in Taiwan ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival.


A pre-Columbian pottery piece is on display during a press conference at the San Carlos Palace in Bogota, Colombia. A total of 691 pre-Columbian pottery pieces of different ages, cultures and regions including objects with geometric and organic designs, have been repatriated from Spain in recent weeks.


A mechanical horse-dragon made of wood and steel is presented to the public in Nantes, western France. This horse-dragon, created by French artist Francois Delaroziere of "Les Machines de l'Ile" (The Machines of the Isle), is the hero of the show Long Ma which will be presented in Beijing on October 17, part of the 50th anniversary of the relationship between France and China.