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Xuelong enters Antarctic Circle to start 34th expedition

Updated: Dec 5,2017 4:02 PM     Xinhua

An iceberg is seen in front of China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, in the Antarctic Circle, Dec 3, 2017. Xuelong has entered the Antarctic Circle as of press time. It set sail from Shanghai, East China, on Nov 8, beginning the country’s 34th Antarctic expedition. Researchers will conduct preliminary work on China’s fifth station in the Antarctica, which is one of the key objectives of this expedition. [Photo/Xinhua]

A helicopter of China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, detects the ice situation in the Antarctic Circle, Dec 4, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, sails against ice in the Antarctic Circle, Dec 4, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Penguins are seen as China’s research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, sails in the Antarctic Circle, Dec. 4, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

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