Balancing Act

[Beijing, December 18. Image via Getty]

A child figure skates on an outdoor ice-skating rink at a shopping mall in Beijing on December 18, 2009. Up to a generation ago most Beijingers would have taken to skating on the rough and bumpy surface of frozen lakes during the freezing north China winters but nowadays youngsters can skate on the smoother surfaces of numerous skating rinks in various shopping malls across the city. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)