Lonely Planet Writer

Around the world in 7 images: photos of the day

Take a trip around the world with these images, visiting Macedonia, Seoul and Cologne, a Malaysian lion dance, a Roman pyramid and one very popular elephant in Tokyo.

The lion dance, Malaysia.
The lion dance, Malaysia. Image by AP Photo/Joshua Paul

A lion dance troupe performs the lion dance at a shopping mall ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lion dancing is a centuries-old tradition dating back the Han Dynasty, when lion dancers were mostly from martial arts schools who used their acrobatic kicks and jumps to ring in the new year.

The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome.
The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome. Image by AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis

Reporters visit a frescoed chamber of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome, on Wednesday. Rome’s only surviving pyramid from ancient times is getting fresh visibility. After a Japanese clothing magnate paid for a cleanup, archaeologists are eager to show off the monument, constructed some 2000 years ago as the burial tomb for a Roman praetor, or magistrate, named Caius Cestius.

A female reveler celebrates in front of police during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany.
A female reveller celebrates in front of police during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany. Image by AP Photo/Martin Meissner

After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in the city, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party.

The East Front of Wentworth Woodhouse.
The East Front of Wentworth Woodhouse. Image by Dave Higgens/PA Wire

The sale of Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, has been agreed for £7 million, although it will take tens of millions more to repair and refurbish the country mansion.

A South Korean graduation selfie.
A South Korean graduation selfie. Image by AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

South Korean senior students clad in traditional attire take a souvenir photo of themselves before a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at Dongmyung Girls’ High School in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, 4 February. Schools across the nation hold graduation ceremonies this month.

Children look at Hanako the elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo
Children look at Hanako the elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo Image by AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

An online petition drive wants the 69-year-old Hanako, or “flower child,” to be moved to a Thai sanctuary, to live in a natural, grassy habitat where elephants romp in herds, not alone in her concrete pen, with a wading pool she hardly uses and a nearby side building to spend the night. The petition has attracted tens of thousands of signatures already, with the aim of submitting them to the suburban Tokyo zoo and the Japanese government.

Refugees arrive by train to Tabanovce, Macedonia.
Refugees arrive by train to Tabanovce, Macedonia. Image by AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski

Macedonia has lifted restrictions on the entry of refugees from the Greek border after Macedonian taxi drivers ended a five-day protest that had closed a key railway line, slowing migrant flows to Serbia.