Normal Hélène Franchineau
helene_fr China's economy grew by 7.4% last year. This is its weakest growth in 24 years, missing its target of 7.5%. Covering the press conference at the State Council Information Office where Ma Jiandang just announced the latest GDP numbers. Print reporters rushed to grab the press release and a funny mayhem followed. Video reporters wisely stayed away from it. #china #onassignment #associatedpress #beijing 1w

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helene_fr Inside Harbin's Ice and Snow Festival, ice sculptures come to life with multicolored lights. Here, juxtaposition of 2 pictures showing a castle that becomes pink then blue #latergram #china #harbin 1w

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helene_fr It may not be as cold as Harbin, but at -6 it is cold enough to ice skate on the Liangma river. Good morning Beijing :) #beijing #china #iceskating #everydaylife 3w

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helene_fr Couples getting ready to face Harbin's frosty temperatures (-20 degrees) as they are about to get married in an outdoor mass ceremony. #china #harbin 3w

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helene_fr Cheaper by the dozen. A mass "ice" wedding in Harbin, where 11 couples thought that only their love could resist temperatures reaching -15 degrees. They got married during an outdoor ceremony in Zhaolin Park. #china #harbin #wedding #onassignment 3w

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helene_fr Lens of a telescope reflecting the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival #harbin #china #onassignment #snow #coooooold 3w

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helene_fr Plunging in a water at 3 degrees didn't deter dozens of participants in the annual Harbin ice swimming competition. Teams from all over China (even southern Yunnan), Hong Kong, Russia, competed in below -freezing temperatures. 加油! #china #onassignment #harbin #icefestival #snow #winter #swimming 3w

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helene_fr Let me take you down, Cause I'm going to Pineapple Fields, Nothing is real, And nothing to get hung about, Pineapple Fields forever #pineapple #taiwan #bicycle #travel #latergram 3w

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helene_fr Ji Huailong, a snow sculptor, carving the face of his Cupidon on the Main Street of #harbin in #heilongjiang province. #china #latergram #snow 3w

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helene_fr Shanghai cobbler on the last night of 2014. #shanghai #night #blackandwhite #china 4w

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helene_fr Taiwanese stewardess, blinking or resting her head for a moment? #taiwan #taipei #shanghai #travel 4w

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helene_fr "We allow no geniuses around our studio." Wandering in Taipei's back alleys #travel #taiwan #taipei 4w

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helene_fr Light and shadow on a wall of posters for missing children set up by Xiao Chaohua in a town near Beijing. The father has been looking for his son since he disappeared at the age of 5 outside a shop in southern China in 2007. He drives a "missing children " van entirely covered with pictures of missing kids. As many as 70,000 children are estimated to be kidnapped every year in China for illegal adoption, forced labor or sex trafficking. Story, video and pictures only on AP :
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e06516cc089b4e5eadaa20d941ac8e65/agonizing-lonely-search-missing-kids-china
Or http://bit.ly/1zJWsps
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helene_fr Inside the Chihkan Towers in Tainan #taiwan #travel #bicycle #tainan 1mon

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Normal Hélène Franchineau
helene_fr The choice. No Taiwan experience is complete without a stroll in a night market. Here in Kaohsiung, women order at a stall selling sweet soups with tofu, peanut, taro and red beans #taiwan #travel #bicycle #food #kaohsiung 1mon

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Normal Hélène Franchineau
helene_fr Village lady, somewhere along the East Rift Valley on Taiwan's east coast, preparing the binlang 槟榔 (檳榔 in traditional Chinese) : the betel, a major Taiwanese production and past-time. People chew the betel nut wrapped in betel leaves for the energy boost it gives, but after several years of intense chewing, your teeth become red. The betel can be found throughout Southeast Asia, especially in Myanmar. #taiwan #travel #betel 1mon

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helene_fr Terrence Malick is in Taiwan #193 #taiwan #travel #bicycle #roadtrip 1mon

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