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Actor Wei Wei dressed as the famous Monkey King character, with The Royal Mint Year of the Monkey coin, created to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Royal Mint has released a range of commemorative coins featuring the playful figure of a monkey to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year on February 8
A monkey holds a dice during a performance ahead of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey which falls on February 8, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
A tourist walks under traditional Chinese lanterns decorated for Lunar New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.
A performer wearing a traditional costume looks on during an event organised by a shopping mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. The lunar new year falls on January 31 and marks the start of the Year of the Horse in China.