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2020-12-21 08:51:45

In this Week in Photos, the Chang’e 5 lunar mission returns to Earth with a payload of moon dust; visitors enjoy a rare sunset view at the Summer Palace in Beijing; and the Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World prepares for its grand opening.

The Chang’e 5 return module after landing in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2020. The heating pads are to prevent any unspent fuel from freezing. Li Shuheng/China Space News via CNS

The Chang’e 5 return module after landing in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2020. The heating pads are to prevent any unspent fuel from freezing. Li Shuheng/China Space News via CNS

Workers move the Chang’e 5 return module, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2020. Peng Yuan/Xinhua

Workers move the Chang’e 5 return module, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2020. Peng Yuan/Xinhua

Giant panda cubs frolic in the snow at the Wolong Giant Panda Center, Sichuan province, Dec. 17, 2020. Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua

Giant panda cubs frolic in the snow at the Wolong Giant Panda Center, Sichuan province, Dec. 17, 2020. Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua

Snowboarders pad their bare bottoms with protective cushions shaped like polar bears in Jilin, Jilin province, Dec. 16, 2020. Zhu Wanchang/People Visual

Snowboarders pad their bare bottoms with protective cushions shaped like polar bears in Jilin, Jilin province, Dec. 16, 2020. Zhu Wanchang/People Visual

Work continues on the Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World, Harbin, Heilongjiang province, Dec. 20. 2020. People Visual

Work continues on the Harbin Ice and Snow Amusement World, Harbin, Heilongjiang province, Dec. 20. 2020. People Visual

Visitors strain to take photos of Seventeen-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace, Beijing, Dec. 20, 2020. People Visual

Visitors strain to take photos of Seventeen-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace, Beijing, Dec. 20, 2020. People Visual

A view of Seventeen-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace, Beijing, Dec. 20, 2020. The bridge is designed so that sunlight penetrates the arches during the Winter Solstice. People Visual

A view of Seventeen-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace, Beijing, Dec. 20, 2020. The bridge is designed so that sunlight penetrates the arches during the Winter Solstice. People Visual