Many Beijingers did not take note of the once-in-a-millennium annular solar eclipse, a sharp change from the time when Chinese were highly attuned to the movements of celestial bodies.
Last week, the police announced they had arrested 16 players, coaches, and minor officials accused of match-fixing and betting scams.
Not just devoted eclipse-chasers but millions of others were able to view the longest solar eclipse of the century as it passed over Asia Wednesday.
Thousands of scrapped taxis are pictured at a yard in the center of China's Chongqing city on March 4. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country's long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars. China may surpass the US this year to become the largest car market in the world.