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Spring snowfall leaves pretty patterns in Beijing

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A tree at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing, China, following overnight snowfall on March 20, 2013.

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Ancient floor lamps at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing.

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A tree covered with snow at the Imperial Ancestral Temple.

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Workers clear snow on the side of a road as a commuter drives past in Beijing.

Residents of Beijing woke up to a heavy spring snowfall Wednesday, with a covering of over six inches in parts of the city. The north of China has been experiencing its coldest winter in more than 30 years, causing transport chaos as flights and highways are shut down. 

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A rare early spring snow in Beijing helped improve the air quality in the city, which has been engulfed in haze recently. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.