Nostalgia: Remembering Chinese new Year celebrations in Ipswich from 1986

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Asia has welcomed the Lunar Year of the Pig with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree.

Our latest collection of Chinese Lunar New Year quotes to welcome the year of pig.

But her popularity has risen unabated, and just months after state media slammed her as an emblem of counterculture, she is playing a starring role as the country ushers in the Year of the Pig tomorrow.

Chiu, who was wearing a polka dot dress, also used sparklers to welcome the Chinese New Year.

In China, the festivities are known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year and lasts for 15 days.

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The holiday also attracts extraordinary numbers of Chinese tourists from overseas.

A woman lights incense while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand. Authorities were expecting an average of 1.77 million worldwide trips per day this week - an 8.9-per-cent increase over past year. The Chinese New Year concludes with a Lantern Festival, which begins on February 16 and concludes when the New Year ends on the 19th.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor led the festival celebrations and wished all concerned a happy, healthy and rewarding Year of the Pig. "In that spirit, I wish you and your families health, success and happiness in this new year".

According to Chinese tradition, the pig is the last animal in the 12-year zodiac cycle and its year is considered to be a time for reflecting on the past in order to get ready for a new cycle. China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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