People across East Asia are preparing for Chinese New Year, which officially begins on 29 January.
2006 sees the start of the Year of the Dog, which according to Chinese astrology is a year of generosity and justice.
Hundreds of Taiwanese have taken advantage of special direct flights to China, laid on especially for the holiday.
Chinese locals in Singapore are practising for New Year street performances.
While in Malaysia, shoppers are making the most of special New Year's underpants.
In Beijing, a 12-year ban on fireworks sales was lifted - for the season - due to popular demand.
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