Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China

Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China

Armed with lightsabers, Star Wars fans gathered at China's Great Wall ahead of the release of the next episode of the sci-fi saga.

Five hundred Stormtroopers joined them on the steps at the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall on the outskirts of Beijing.

A new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens debuted earlier this week during the half-time break of ESPN's NFL game in America.

The film has sold more than 200,000 pre-sale cinema tickets in the UK within the first 24 hours of release - more than any other film, including the new James Bond flick Spectre.

But just take a look at these epic photos from the Great Wall of China...

Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Image caption A Chinese woman dresses as an Imperial Guard
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China
Stormtroopers line the Great Wall of China

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