Week in Photos: Space Currency, God of the Dead, More

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Beiljing, China, October 1, 2007—Boys race through a field of flags in Beijing as China celebrates its birthday.

Monday marked the 58th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China following the communist revolution of 1949.

The holiday heralds the beginning of one of three annual "golden weeks," in which workers are given seven days off to travel and visit family.

Some officials have called for an end to the golden week system, begun in 2000, because of disruptions caused to China's burgeoning economy.

But other signs suggest the holiday could be an economic boon: According to the official Xinhua news agency, Chinese vacationers spent at least 2.5 billion U.S. dollars on Monday and Tuesday alone.

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