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Annual pig-carrying event kicks off in China

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Normality has been put on hold yet again in earth's oddest nation, with China's Hercules strong man competition reaching the pig-lugging stage.

Contestants are tasked with lifting 100kg of pig and carrying it 30metres in Henyang, southern China's Hunan Province.

The pig-carrying is just one element of the National Fitness Festival, which was launched in 2009 to promote exercise in the region. It is now in its third year.

China is the world’s biggest pork market, importing some 800,000 tonnes a year.

Images: Rex

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