China’s three astronauts have spent their first day in the orbit, preparing for the country's first attempt at a spacewalk.
Chinese astronauts walk to the rocket before the launch of the Shenzhou-7 manned spacecraft on 25 September 2008.
Astronaut Zhai Zhigang is expected to undertake a spacewalk on Saturday afternoon, an event which will be broadcast live by state television.
The walk is expected to last for at least 20 minutes. The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft is China's third manned mission in past five years.
The mission is expected to last three or four days. China aims to assemble a permanent space station by 2020.
In October 2003, China became only the third nation after the United States and Russia to independently put a man in space.