Andrew Smallwood visited London's festive Chinatown on the eve of the New Year. "The restaurants were packed full of people but I was there for the supermarkets. They were busier than the restaurants, they were so packed, you literally couldn't move."
Although celebrations to mark the new year are to be held a week later in the British capital, parts of Chinatown in London's Soho were decorated with traditional lanterns. Photo: Zed Jameson
Philippe Brysse experienced the authentic Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing. "The atmosphere was amazing, something I had never seen and heard before. The fireworks were very loud and they kept going all day and night. It felt like a war zone."
Philippe Brysse: "There was a heavy police presence on the main streets and no fireworks were allowed. But once you wonder off into the side streets, there was lots of action. There was a carpet of burned out firecrackers and the air was thick with smoke."
Chris Foulger took this photo in Shenzhen and says that the city was strangely quiet because there are so many migrant workers who went home for the holidays. "but still, the staggering number of fireworks put Guy Fawkes night to shame."
The Chinese New Year starts on 14 February and is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Tens of millions welcomed The Year of the Tiger with parades and fireworks. Photo: Soraphi.
Photojournalism student Flora Savastano visited the True Buddha Temple in London to watch a ceremony to welcome the New Year.
Robin Low took this photo in Chinatown, Singapore on Chinese New Years Eve at 2300. "Everyone is waiting for the fireworks at midnight and doing last minute shopping."
Robin Low: "These lanterns surround the outside of the Buddha's Tooth temple." Please send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
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