China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.
Vegetarian festival devotee of Jui Tui shrine parades through the streets in Phuket, Thailand. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants perform acts of body piercing to shift evil spirits from others to themselves to bring the community good luck
Indonesian artists, dressed as mermaids in traditional Chinese cheongsam costume and lions, perform underwater in a programme celebrating the lunar new year at Jakarta’s Ancol park on Friday.
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.