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Eclipse casts shadow of darkness over China

A TOTAL solar eclipse swept across Tibet to East China's Zhejiang Province today, casting a 250-kilometer wide corridor of shadow.

Cities in nearly half of China were vantage points to view the century's longest total solar eclipse.

Yadong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region was the first place where the eclipse was visible. It started at 8:01am and threw the city into darkness at 8:59am, reported Xinmin Evening News.

The eclipse in Shangri-la, Yunnan Province, took place in 8:03 and cast the county into darkness at 9:03. Viewers held their breath and the chirping noises of birds stopped.

Listless giant pandas in their sanctuaries in Chengdu were confused by the sudden darkness that swept over the southwestern city.

One of the four pandas playing outside tried to go back to his cage as its keeper said it might have been confused that it was bedtime. Three other pandas also acted drowsy during the eclipse.

Amid crowds' roaring when the first sliver of sun appeared after the total eclipse at 9:39, a young man in Anji County, Zhejiang Province presented a ring to ask his girl friend to marry him.

The ring reflected the fantastic corona, making the eclipse viewing crowd roar even louder.


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