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Wildfire threatens historic Buddhist temple in SW China

2010-05-16 07:14:17 GMT2010-05-16 15:14:17 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Firefighters prepare to put out fire in a forest on the mountain behind the Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple) in Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, on May 15, 2010. A forest fire broke out near the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming Saturday and was racing towards a 500-year-old Buddhist temple -- the city's famed tourist spot, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

Firefighters run to put out fire in a forest on the mountain behind the Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple) in Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, on May 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

A man puts out fire in a forest on the mountain behind the Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple) in Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, on May 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

A firefighter puts out fire in a forest on the mountain behind the Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple) in Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, on May 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

A forest fire broke out near the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming Saturday and was racing towards a 500-year-old Buddhist temple -- the city's famed tourist spot, local authorities said.

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