Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province sees its first snow in 2015 on January 14.

    The snow hit many places in the north of China, including Beijing and Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. But the snow in Beijing was very light. The city’s meteorological station recorded snowfall of less than 1 mm. (CHEN XIAODONG)
    Shopping robot Ke Jia debuts at a shopping mall in Hefei, capital of Anhui Province, on January 13. Designed by the University of Science and Technology of China, the life-sized humanoid robot is capable of serving as a companion and guide for shoppers with the help of cloud computing technology. (LIU JUNXI)
    Workers weld equipment in a workshop in Shizuishan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on January 14.

    Shizuishan has upgraded its economy by weeding out 610,000 tons of outdated capacity in 2014, covering 16 businesses in seven industries. To date, non-coal-backed industries have accounted for 56.7 percent of the total. (WANG PENG)
    A farmer picks coffee beans in Manzhongtian Coffee Garden, Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on January 12.

    The city of Pu’er has become a major coffee production base in China, with an estimated output of 50,000 tons of coffee beans this season. (CHEN HAINING)