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China's Dead Sea turns blood red

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Beijing - A salt lake, known as China's Dead Sea, has become a popular tourist attraction after turning red.

The lake in Shanxi province, west of Beijing, turns red annually when a naturally-occurring green algae in it changes colour to protect itself from increased heat and light, China's state television CCTV said.

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A salt lake which is separated by a road, shows parts of it in different colours due to algae, in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province.A salt lake which is separated by a road, shows parts of it in different colours due to algae, in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province.

Curious visitors have been attracted to the lake, which has a road cutting through it, with local officials unsure why only one side had changed colour, CCTV said.

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