24.01.13. These two workmen can hardly believe their eyes as they survey the damage after a massive gas pipe explosion destroyed an entire street in an upmarket residential area of one of China's most prosperous cities.
The stunned pair were looking at a hefty workload following a series of blasts which tore through thick layers of concrete and tarmac in the town of Beihai, in southern China's Guangxi Province.
It is not known exactly what caused the explosion which was so powerful it rocked nearby flats and left the pleasant, palm-tree tree-lined road resembling a war zone.
Behai, which means 'north of the sea' in Chinese, is a thriving port city on the north shore of the Gulf of Tonkin. Business has boomed in recent years to the extent it is predicted to be the world's fastest growing city between 2006 and 2020.