People hang red lanterns as the Chinese Lunar New Year is approaching on January 9, 2013 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. Fall on February 10 this year, the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, will be celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.
Nadia Petrova of Russia plays an unorthodox shot in her first round match against Roberta Vinci of Italy during day two of the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
A sand sculpture entitled 'Mermaids' carved by Karen Fralich is seen at the Under the Sea sand sculpture exhibition at the Frankston waterfront on January 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Sand sculptures created by a team of Australian and international artists will be on display until April 28, 2013.
Anders Jacobsen of Norway competes during the training round for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup event of the 61th Four Hills ski jumping tournament at Bergisel-Stadion on January 3, 2013 in Innsbruck, Austria.
People lie in sun chairs as a wave comes in at St Kilda Beach on January 3, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Temperatures are expected to soar to above 40 degrees for several consecutive days in parts of Victoria and South Australia as south eastern Australia prepares for high fire danger season.