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Chinese hit the roads to celebrate spring festival

Chinese hit the roads to celebrate spring festival

On Chinese New Year's Eve, families hold traditional dinners and watch a marathon televised gala.

Cynthia Ma and Wendy Qian are good friends, but they have completely different memories of celebrating Chinese New Year in their hometowns in China.

She explained that the bowl contains food such as pig ears and rice cakes wrapped in red paper.

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays.

Evidently, Peppa the Pig's brilliant branding campaign in China has been so successful that even the People's Liberation Army is using the cartoon character to represent the upcoming Year of the Pig.

"I missed my wife and child, it will be a nice surprise for them as they haven't seen me for a while", he said.

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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. That cleaning stopped with the start of the new year for fear of driving good luck out.

"But now numerous customs have been abandoned, especially in cities".

Tens of thousands of people lined the balmy streets along Tsim Sha Tsui to catch a glimpse of the annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Night Parade.

She moved to Dunedin four years ago to be with her son, who is studying at the University of Otago, and is now an global student herself. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) In this Sunday, Feb.3, 2019, photo, a woman takes a souvenir photo of her family posing in front of red lanterns on display at the Longtan Park for a temple fair ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing.

"If there are family members living in some other city or another place they try to make it work, they all try to gather together and have that very important meal", he said.