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China Starts Lunar New Year of the Dragon

This week millions of Chinese travel back to their family homes to celebrate the Chinese New Year

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People burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the
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People burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the

Lion dance troupes perform the traditional custom during Chinese Lunar New Year at a housing estate in Singapore, January 23, 2012. (AFP)
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Lion dance troupes perform the traditional custom during Chinese Lunar New Year at a housing estate in Singapore, January 23, 2012. (AFP)

A performer dressed in traditional costume and wearing make-up takes part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing, January 23, 2012. (Reuters)
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A performer dressed in traditional costume and wearing make-up takes part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing, January 23, 2012. (Reuters)

People perform during an underwater theater show celebrating Chinese New Year in the Ancol park in Jakarta, January 23, 2012. (AFP)
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People perform during an underwater theater show celebrating Chinese New Year in the Ancol park in Jakarta, January 23, 2012. (AFP)

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