Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing
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Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

EACH year at Chun jie, or Chinese New Year, Beijing largely empties out as young Chinese flock home to their families. But a city this large is not a ghost town entirely, and traditional decorations, temple fairs and above all fireworks mark the city for the two-week period of the Spring Festival.

Below is a look at Beijing during the most significant period in the Chinese calendar, and how Beijingren have welcomed the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

East meets West in a holiday display celebrating Christmas and Chinese New Year.

 

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

Empty firework boxes litter the city after being set off all day and night.

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

Traditional Chinese knots appear in abundance throughout Beijing during the holiday season.

 

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

A woman burns incense in Ditan Park, a ritual carried out each year during the New Year temple festival.

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

Temple fair revelers don silly hats, play games and watch traditional shows and performances, much like at Western carnivals.

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

Decorative lanterns line the streets, creating a festive atmosphere that lasts throughout the two weeks of the Spring Festival.

 

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

A young girl sports a festive hat for the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese New Year in Pictures: Spring Festival in Beijing

Most stores close for at least part of the Spring Festival, as young Chinese head home to celebrate the New Year with their families.