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Sequins and dragons take over as the world celebrates Chinese New Year

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People celebrate the Chinese new year as they watch the traditional dragon-parade in the Liberdade Neighborhood  in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

People celebrate the Chinese new year as they watch the traditional dragon-parade in the Liberdade Neighborhood  in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The streets of cities from Sydney to Sao Paulo were flooded with drums, fire crackers and dancing dragons over the weekend as the world celebrated the Lunar New Year.

Known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, the event is marked by parades and fireworks. In China, billions of people are expected to travel home for the holiday, which began on Jan. 28. 

2017 marks the year of the Fire Rooster, according to the 12-cycle Chinese calendar. People born in fire rooster years are meant to be trustworthy and responsible at work, according to the Chinese ZodiacRead more…

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One man has tirelessly put up decorations for his neighbours for 10 years

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There are friendly neighbours, and then there are amazing ones like this guy.

One man has put up elaborate festive decorations for his neighbours for the past ten years. And he’s even generously funded each effort himself.

Tan Koon Tat, a carpenter from Singapore, typically puts up the decorations at the corner of the carpark and lobby area of his apartment block.

The 56-year-old does this for major holidays each year — he’s done Christmas, Eid al-Fitr or Hari Raya Puasa, and Diwali.

Tan Koon Tat setting up part of the decorations.

Tan Koon Tat setting up part of the decorations.

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Man cycles home only to realise he'd gone 310 miles in the wrong direction

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A Chinese man who didn’t have enough money for a train ticket decided instead to spend a month cycling home — only to find he was going in the opposite direction. 

The migrant worker, who had cycled some 500km (310 miles), was trying to make it home for Chinese New Year.

He set off from the Chinese city of Rizhou towards his home up north in Qiqihar, which is over 1,700km away.

Wait, what do you mean this isn't the right way?

Wait, what do you mean this isn’t the right way?

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The man only found out he was going the wrong way after he was stopped by traffic police in the city of Anhui for riding illegally on the highway.  Read more…

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People paid migrant workers to stand in line overnight for barbecue pork

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People go crazy for barbecue pork this time of year in Singapore, with lines typically forming round the block for the grilled treat.

This year however, people are buzzing about the lines of foreign workers — most, if not all in blue-collar jobs — standing in line for their employers, at just S$5 ($3.50) an hour.

Some have deemed this exploitation, while others say it’s fair game.

Some of these workers told news outlet Today that they were happy to earn extra cash.

“I slept three hours (last night),” said Pandiyaraj, a sewer maintenance worker, who was back in line for a second day. Read more…

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During this fireworks festival, thousands of bottle rockets fly out into the crowd

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For a festival where racks of fireworks explode and fly straight into the crowd, it’s little wonder that Taiwan’s annual Yanshui Festival has been described as akin to being caught in “artillery fire.” 

A siren sounds when the fireworks are lit, and participants clad in thick jackets and pants, scarves, helmets and ear plugs, experience thousands of bottle rockets being set off.

When ignited, the racks of gunpowder filled bottles shoot out in every direction — some into the sky, and some into the crowd.

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Watch a choir sing about how painful it is when your parents nag you

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If you understand the pain of having to face the firing range of your relatives’ questions on Chinese New Year, you’re going to appreciate this impressive performance by Shanghai’s Rainbow Chamber Singers.

Titled What I Do Is For Your Own Good — The Spring Festival Survival Kit (春节自救指南), the song describes somewhat perfectly the woes of average Chinese millennials heading home for the festive period and getting nagged at about their salaries, weight and single status.

“Do you want to come work at my company? / You should lose some weight. Don’t eat dinner tonight. / How much is your salary? / Why don’t you quit your Bohemian lifestyle?” the singers chorus at each other. Read more…

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Chinese people will make 3 billion trips for the Lunar New Year this month

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Billions of Chinese travellers will soon be packed across airports, trains and bus stations as they head home for one of the country’s biggest celebrations, Chinese New Year. 

A mindboggling 2.98 billion trips will be made over a 40-day stretch this Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, up 2 percent from last year.

The official Xinhua news agency reports that more than 8.6 million trips were made last Friday alone, the first day of the annual travel rush.

For many, the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday is one of the few chances they get to travel home. Read more…

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