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The Year of Monkey--Spring Festival

Leaders attend Party greeting Spring Festival (20040116)

Chinese leaders Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Wu Guangzheng, Li Changchun and Luo Gan pose for photograph with artists after watching an art performance in Beijing, Jan. 15, 2004.

Posing for a picture(20040116)

A male baby langur poses for a photo at the zoo of Shanghai in this undated photo. China will usher in the Lunar New Year, the Year of Monkey, on Jan. 22. (Xinhua Photo)

Have you ever seen monkeys like them?(20040116)

The undated picture shows a monkey looks curious about a camera at a tourist spot in southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Chinese people will celebrate the lunar New Year next week, the year of moneky in the Chinese lunar calendar. (Xinhua)

Nanning Spring Shopping and Cultural Festival (20040115)

Girls of the ethnic Zhuang blow a kind of folk flute called Wukongdi, or no-hole flute, at the "2004 Nanning Spring Shopping and Cultural Festival" in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Jan. 3, 2004. Apart from many kinds of commodities, cultural and folk art performances were also staged at the event.

It's Monkey year(20040115)

A naughty rhesus monkey -- reveling in the extra attention it is receiving as the Year of the Monkey nears -- perches nonchalantly on the head of a girl at a scenic spot in Central China's Henan Province. And the girl seems to be enjoying the experience, too.

Yangliuqing folk dance(20040115)

Locals dressed in traditional costumes perform a folk dance at the opening ceremony of Yangliuqing folk tourism festival in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 14, 2004. Yangliuqing, a small town in tianjin, is the production base for the world-renowned yangliuqing new year painting.

Dancing at Yangliuqing(20040115)

Locals dressed in traditional costumes perform a folk dance at the opening ceremony of Yangliuqing folk tourism festival in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 14, 2004. Yangliuqing, a small town in tianjin, is the production base for the world-renowned yangliuqing new year painting.

Heading home for festival(20040114)

A worker and his four children are busy catching their train. From today, the human current back home for the upcoming Spring Festival reunion (January 22) hit a new peak, and the Ministry of Railways hiked the ticket price by 15-20 per cent starting from Wednesday.

Greeting Chinese Lunar New Year(20040114)

Actresses from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region perform a dance at a get-together greeting traditional Chinese Spring Festival, in Beijing Jan. 13, 2004. People throughout China will hold colorful activities to greet the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of Monkey, which falls on Jan. 22.

Chinese rehearsing for lunar New Year celebration(20040114)

Residents dressed as yaks perform a traditional dance during a Spring Festival rehearsal in Yugu Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, Jan. 13, 2004. As China will usher in the Lunar New Year, the Year of Monkey, on Jan. 22, people throughout the country will hold colorful activities to celebrate their own festival. (Xinhua Photo)
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