Midnight In The Menagerie

[Beijing, December 30. Image via Getty.]

Mythical animals on the eaves of a pagoda are seen as a near full-moon rises at a park in Beijing on December 30, 2009. The last day of the year and the decade on December 31 will see the rare occurance of the second full moon in a month, something that happens only once every 2-3 years and because of its rarity been called a 'blue moon' even though the moon actually stays exactly the same colour as a regular full moon. Explosive growth in economic and political power ensured that the past 10 years set the foundations for what many analysts predict will be the Asian Century as the world tilts firmly eastwards. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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