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In pictures: Chinese New Year

A midnight firework display in Beijing, China

A midnight firework display near an ancient timekeeping bell tower in Beijing, ushers in the New Year.

Performers beat a drum in Beijing, China

Families thronged Beijing's temple fairs and set off firecrackers to ring in an auspicious Year of the Dog.

A young reveller in Beijing, China

A girl dons a colourful dress to take part in festivities in the Chinese capital.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in festive mood in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse join the festive mood at the Disneyland park.

Worshippers in Taipei, Taiwan

Worshippers line up to pray and throw their incense sticks in an incense burner in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ethnic Chinese burn incense sticks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elsewhere, ethnic Chinese burn incense sticks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chinese dragon dancers in Yokohama, Japan

Chinese dragon dancers entertain onlookers through the streets of Chinatown in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo.

A Buddhist worshiper in Jakarta, Indonesia

An ethnic Chinese worshipper prays at a Buddhist temple in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A dragon dance in Manila, the Philippines

Performers carry out a dragon dance through the streets of Chinatown in Manila, the Philippines.

Chinese dancers in Bronkhstspruit, South Africa

Chinese in South Africa perform a dragon dance at Nau Hua Temple in Bronkhstspruit, 100km north of Johannesburg.

A dragon dance in London, UK

Dancers perform a dragon dance in Trafalgar Square, in London, UK.





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