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Chinese workers on February 4 decorated trees in a park in Hangzhou city with red lanterns.

Chinese workers on February 4 decorated trees in a park in Hangzhou city with red lanterns.

Asia prepares to welcome the year of the monkey

Lanterns bearing a stylized image of a monkey, the New Year’s mascot, are displayed at Jenjarom temple in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

Lanterns bearing a stylized image of a monkey, the New Year’s mascot, are displayed at Jenjarom temple in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

Asia prepares to welcome the year of the monkey

Lanterns brightly light up a street corner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Lanterns brightly light up a street corner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Asia prepares to welcome the year of the monkey

A temple in the Chinese quarter in Bangkok, Thailand, is also decorated to prepare for the lunar new year.

A temple in the Chinese quarter in Bangkok, Thailand, is also decorated to prepare for the lunar new year.

Asia prepares to welcome the year of the monkey

The streets of Thailand are filled with red.

The streets of Thailand are filled with red.

Asia prepares to welcome the year of the monkey

Diners enjoy yusheng served on a large plate at a restaurant in Singapore.

The eater will stir up the ingredients so that the pile is as high as possible without letting them fall out and shout `lohei` (which means both well mixed and prosperous), then put away.

Diners enjoy yusheng served on a large plate at a restaurant in Singapore.

The eater will stir up the ingredients so that the pile is as high as possible without letting them fall out and shout `lohei` (which means both well mixed and prosperous), then put away.

Monkey stuffed animals are popular souvenirs and sell well in Hong Kong as the new year approaches.

Monkey stuffed animals are popular souvenirs and sell well in Hong Kong as the new year approaches.

At Hitachi seaside park in Hitachinaka city in northern Japan, tourists walked to see a pair of monkeys made from 15,000 pine cones and tree branches on January 3.

At Hitachi seaside park in Hitachinaka city in northern Japan, tourists walked to see a pair of monkeys made from 15,000 pine cones and tree branches on January 3.

Children in Jakarta, Indonesia, watch the lion dance and give money to the performers.

Children in Jakarta, Indonesia, watch the lion dance and give money to the performers.

In Macao, people excitedly flocked to the streets to see lanterns printed with bright monkey images on January 29.

In Macao, people excitedly flocked to the streets to see lanterns printed with bright monkey images on January 29.

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