However, it was only recently made into a video montage in order to honor the anniversary of the ISS launch and human habitation of the spacecraft, both of which occurred in early November.
It should as well become the only resort to move into the space after the retreat scheduled in 2024 the worldwide space station (ISS) - which combines the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada.
On Tuesday, China publicly introduced a life-sized replica of the Tiangong Space Station, the country's first permanently crewed future space laboratory.
China says its space station will be open to all countries.
The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition.
The space station is expected to be fully operational around 2022. It places particular satellites in orbit, for its own account (Earth observation, telecommunications, gps system Beidou) or for other countries.
Institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to submit projects.
"It will not affect the operations on board the orbital outpost as the standard cyclogram allows us to work with only two computers and still be able to fly for an indeterminately long time", Roscosmos said in a statement. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.
NASA has published the night side of Earth was taken by astronauts aboard the global space station. In August, the space station's crew had to plug up an air leak in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that's now docked to the station.
Should NASA invest in the creation of another space station or just rely on the future Tiangong Space Station?
Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.