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In pics: the People's Republic of China's love affair with people patterns

Bodhisattva Sen Roy | @insenroy

Updated:April 1, 2016, 10:23 PM IST
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Being the most populous country of the world means that there are a host of opportunities for group activities. But in China, these are not as chaotic as they would be anywhere else. There is always a discipline, a sense of geometry and from this emerges patters that are sometimes intended and at other times, wonderfully organic. Let us take a a look at a few such magical moments.

People practice Taichi at a square in Qinyang, Henan province, China, October 18, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA           TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS4XYR REUTERS/China Daily

People practice Taichi at a square in Qinyang, Henan province.

ATTENTION EDITORS - 4 OF 21 PICTURES TO MATCH PACKAGE 'WORLD POPULATION - SEVEN BILLION' -  TO FIND ALL PICTURES SEARCH 'POPULATION-BABY/'  Parents of students sleep on mats laid out on the floor of a gymnasium inside a university campus in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province in this file picture taken September 3, 2007. The world's population will reach seven billion on 31 October 2011, according to projections by the United Nations, which says this global milestone presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the planet. While more people are living longer and healthier lives, says the U.N., gaps between rich and poor are widening and more people than ever are vulnerable to food insecurity and water shortages.  Picture taken September 3, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Files         (CHINA) CHINA OUT (EDUCATION SOCIETY) - RTR1TEP3 REUTERS/Stringer/Files

When sleeping itself becomes a work of art. Parents of students sleep on mats laid out on the floor of a gymnasium inside a university campus in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province.

Hundreds of students of the school of nursing take part in an open-air examination at a playground of an vocational college in Baoji, Shaanxi province, China, May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1EEL1 REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Hundreds of students of the school of nursing take part in an open-air examination at a playground of an vocational college in Baoji, Shaanxi province.

Paramilitary policemen attend an antiterrorism drill at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province March 19, 2009. Picture taken March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTXCZZO REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Serious men, serious business, yet a serious visual delight. Paramilitary policemen attend an antiterrorism drill at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province.

A Chinese national flag flies as students practice Taichi on a playground of a high school, during a Guinness World Record attempt of the largest martial arts display, on a hazy day in Jiaozuo, Henan province, China, October 18, 2015. The city successfully set the record by organizing over 50,000 residents to practise shadow boxing simultaneously at 15 different locations on Sunday morning, local media reported. Picture taken October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS50XG REUTERS/Stringer/Files

A Chinese national flag flies in the background as students practice Taichi on a playground of a high school, during a Guinness World Record attempt of the largest martial arts display, on a hazy day in Jiaozuo, Henan province. The city successfully set the record by organizing over 50,000 residents to practise shadow boxing simultaneously at 15 different locations on Sunday morning, local media reported.

An aerial view shows participants wearing blue and red coats forming an image depicting a human lung, during an Guinness World Record attempt of the largest human image of an organ, on a hazy day in Beijing, November 15, 2015. Over 1,500 people joined the successful attempt on Sunday which was organized by a local health research centre hoping to improve awareness of lung health, local media reported. Picture taken November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS793I REUTERS/Stringer/Files

An aerial view shows participants wearing blue and red coats forming an image depicting a human lung, during an Guinness World Record attempt of the largest human image of an organ in Beijing. Over 1,500 people joined the successful attempt which was organized by a local health research centre hoping to improve awareness of lung health in a city that is frequently held hostage by an envelope of toxic smog.

Students take term final exam among trees outside a classroom building at a middle school in Xinxiang, Henan province, China, July 3, 2015. The school set up the exam outdoor to create a more comfortable environment for the students, according to local media. Picture taken July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. - RTX1IYUV REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Students take term final exam among trees outside a classroom building at a middle school in Xinxiang, Henan province. The school set up the exam outdoor to create a more comfortable environment for the students.

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