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
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
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
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