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Year of the Tiger

<p>Local worshippers set off sky lanterns as part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year on its eve, outside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Local worshippers set off sky lanterns as part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year on its eve, outside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Local worshippers set off sky lanterns as part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year on its eve, outside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A local worshipper offers incense as part of celebrations on the eve of Chinese New Year  inside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A local worshipper offers incense as part of celebrations on the eve of Chinese New Year inside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A local worshipper offers incense as part of celebrations on the eve of Chinese New Year inside Longhua temple in Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Worshippers place joss sticks in an urn during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Xingtian temple in Taipei February 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

Worshippers place joss sticks in an urn during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Xingtian temple in Taipei February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

Worshippers place joss sticks in an urn during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Xingtian temple in Taipei February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>Locals light fireworks and firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year on a street in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Locals light fireworks and firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year on a street in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Locals light fireworks and firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year on a street in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>People perform a traditional dragon dance during a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in front of The Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte </p>

People perform a traditional dragon dance during a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in front of The Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

People perform a traditional dragon dance during a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in front of The Angel of Independence Monument in Mexico City February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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<p>A man performs with a drum during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. Lima's Chinatown has one of the largest Chinese communities in South America. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil </p>

A man performs with a drum during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. Lima's Chinatown has one of the largest Chinese communities in South America. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

A man performs with a drum during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. Lima's Chinatown has one of the largest Chinese communities in South America. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>People take part in a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Mexico City February 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Eliana Aponte </p>

People take part in a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Mexico City February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

People take part in a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Mexico City February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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<p>A Chinese acrobat rides a bicycle on a tightrope during a show at a temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Christina Hu </p>

A Chinese acrobat rides a bicycle on a tightrope during a show at a temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

A Chinese acrobat rides a bicycle on a tightrope during a show at a temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

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<p>Worshippers pray with incense at Wuquanshan temple in Lanzhou on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>

Worshippers pray with incense at Wuquanshan temple in Lanzhou on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

Worshippers pray with incense at Wuquanshan temple in Lanzhou on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>(L-R) Rain Siu, Zero Yau, Gigi Hui and Ken Cheng in traditional Chinese and Western-style wedding costume take part in a wedding on Valentine's Day in Hong Kong February 14, 2010, also the first day of the Lunar New Year.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip </p>

(L-R) Rain Siu, Zero Yau, Gigi Hui and Ken Cheng in traditional Chinese and Western-style wedding costume take part in a wedding on Valentine's Day in Hong Kong February 14, 2010, also the first day of the Lunar New Year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

(L-R) Rain Siu, Zero Yau, Gigi Hui and Ken Cheng in traditional Chinese and Western-style wedding costume take part in a wedding on Valentine's Day in Hong Kong February 14, 2010, also the first day of the Lunar New Year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>Actors take part in a performance, adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony where emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

Actors take part in a performance, adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony where emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee more

Actors take part in a performance, adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony where emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A man holds incense sticks as he prepares for prayers in a temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations to mark the Year of the Tiger, in Jakarta's Chinatown February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Supri </p>

A man holds incense sticks as he prepares for prayers in a temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations to mark the Year of the Tiger, in Jakarta's Chinatown February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Supri

A man holds incense sticks as he prepares for prayers in a temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations to mark the Year of the Tiger, in Jakarta's Chinatown February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Supri

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<p>A man dressed as a Chinese God of Fortune walks inside the Resorts World Sentosa casino on Singapore's Sentosa Island February 14, 2010.    REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez </p>

A man dressed as a Chinese God of Fortune walks inside the Resorts World Sentosa casino on Singapore's Sentosa Island February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez

A man dressed as a Chinese God of Fortune walks inside the Resorts World Sentosa casino on Singapore's Sentosa Island February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez

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<p>Worshippers light incense near Dafo Temple in Chongqing Municipality on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Worshippers light incense near Dafo Temple in Chongqing Municipality on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Worshippers light incense near Dafo Temple in Chongqing Municipality on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A person wears a mask during Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown district, London February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  </p>

A person wears a mask during Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown district, London February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A person wears a mask during Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown district, London February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>Dancers perform during the annual Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown in Vancouver February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Chris Helgren  </p>

Dancers perform during the annual Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown in Vancouver February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Dancers perform during the annual Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown in Vancouver February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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<p>Dancers perform the lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil </p>

Dancers perform the lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Dancers perform the lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Wang Haiting, a 22-year-old stuntman, bends spears by pressing them against his throat during a performance at the Lianhuachi Temple Fair in Beijing on the second day of the Chinese New Year February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu </p>

Wang Haiting, a 22-year-old stuntman, bends spears by pressing them against his throat during a performance at the Lianhuachi Temple Fair in Beijing on the second day of the Chinese New Year February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

Wang Haiting, a 22-year-old stuntman, bends spears by pressing them against his throat during a performance at the Lianhuachi Temple Fair in Beijing on the second day of the Chinese New Year February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

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<p>Worshippers offer incense next to security guards in Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Worshippers offer incense next to security guards in Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Worshippers offer incense next to security guards in Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Worshippers offer incense as they visit the Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Worshippers offer incense as they visit the Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Worshippers offer incense as they visit the Longhua temple in Shanghai on the first day of the Chinese New Year February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Models dressed as Cupid and the Chinese God of Wealth offer roses and souvenirs outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip  </p>

Models dressed as Cupid and the Chinese God of Wealth offer roses and souvenirs outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Models dressed as Cupid and the Chinese God of Wealth offer roses and souvenirs outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>Dancers in a lion dance costume walk on a sidewalk during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil </p>

Dancers in a lion dance costume walk on a sidewalk during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Dancers in a lion dance costume walk on a sidewalk during Chinese New Year celebrations in downtown Lima February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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<p>Chinese men perform a fire dragon dance at Happy Valley temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu</p>

Chinese men perform a fire dragon dance at Happy Valley temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

Chinese men perform a fire dragon dance at Happy Valley temple fair celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu

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