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The Year of Monkey--Spring Festival

Capital Spring Festival Evening held in Beijing (20040120)

Li Changchun (L) etc. party and state senior officials attend the Capital Spring Festival Evening

Spring Festival parade to be held in Paris(20040120)

An instructor from Beijing helps girls from local Chinese community in Paris, France, practice with red fans in a training room Jan. 19, 2004. These girls with red fans will lead the procession on the grand parade held to greet the upcoming Spring Festival on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

New York Spring Festival(20040119)

A Chinese woman plays waist drum during a parade to greet the Spring Festival held by the American Chinese in New York Jan. 17, 2004. The Chinese people will celebrate the Spring Festival, or the Chinese lunar New Year, the year of the monkey in the Chinese lunar calendar, on Jan. 22, 2004. (Xinhua photo)

Ornamenting the Spring Festival(20040119)

Children are attracted by ornaments for traditional Chinese Spring Festival at a market in Beijing Jan. 18, 2004. as the Spring Festival is coming. The Chinese people will celebrate their most important festival, the Chinese Lunar New Year, on Jan. 22. (Xinhua Photo)

Beijing welcoming Spring Festival(20040119)

A mother buys traditional Chinese lantern with her daughter at a market in Beijing Jan. 18, 2004, as the Spring Festival is coming. The Chinese people will celebrate their most important festival, the Chinese Lunar New Year, on Jan. 22. (Xinhua Photo)

Snow blankets Hohhot city(20040118)

Two people walking in the snow in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Jan. 17. Snow blanketed Hohhot city on Jan. 16 night to greet the coming Spring Festival.

Couplets for Spring Festival (2)(20040118)

Residents in the Greater Xing'an Mountains area purchase couplets., January 16, 2004, as the whole country prepares for the Chinese New Year (otherwise known as the Spring Festival). During the most important Chinese holiday, which falls on January 22 this year, people paste couplets on doorposts or door panels to express best wishes for the new year.

Couplets for Spring Festival(20040118)

Artists write couplets for residents in Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang Province, January 16, 2004, as the whole country prepares for the Chinese New Year (otherwise known as the Spring Festival). During the most important Chinese holiday, which falls on January 22 this year, people paste couplets on doorposts or door panels to express best wishes for the new year.

Chinese Monkey King(20040117)

This undated photo shows actor Zhang Jinlai dressed up as Chinese legendary Monkey King during a performance to be given at a drama soiree for traditional Chinese Spring Festival, in Beijing. Monkey King is the hero in the immortal Chinese classic "Pilgrimage to the West." Zhang successfully presented the images of the monkey king at the teleplay "Pilgrimage to the West" in the 1980s. (Xinhua Photo)

Waiting to be on the way home(20040117)

Three migrant workers sleep on the square of the Shanghai Railway Station January 16, 2004. As the Chinese New Year (spring festival which falls on January 22) is approaching, Chinese travelers will make an unprecedented 1.89 billion journeys by bus, train, air or ship during the holiday season, 60 million higher than the same period last year, officials say. (newsphoto)
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