Photos: The Year of the Snake

21:19, Feb 18 2013
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Chinese tourism is expected to keep growing in the Year of the Snake, after a big jump in 2012.
Lunar New Year 2013
A woman dressed in traditional wear takes part in the 14th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New York.
Lunar New Year 2013
A girl wearing a hair piece shaped like a snake walks down a street during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, Canada.
Lunar New Year 2013
Girls perform a traditional dance during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, Canada.
Lunar New Year 2013
People release sky lanterns ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, New Taipei city, northern Taiwan.
Lunar New Year 2013
People release sky lanterns ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, New Taipei city, northern Taiwan.
Lunar New Year 2013
A performer dressed as a red snake performs during the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade in Sydney. The Lunar New Year began on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Visitors pray among slaughtered pigs holding incenses and tangerines in their mouths as offering during a Spring Festival praying ceremony in Nanan, Fujian province. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, began on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Men perform a dragon dance near a statue of the late Emperor Quang Trung Nguyen Hue during the 224th Dong Da Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Residents celebrate the annual Dong Da Festival on the fifth day of the first month of the lunar calendar to mark Emperor Quang Trung's victory over the Chinese Qing invaders in 1789.
Lunar New Year 2013
A man takes a picture beneath trees decorated with red lanterns celebrating Chinese new year at a park in Beijing. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Dancers perform a Lion Dance during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in Panama City. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Photographers take pictures during fireworks over Victoria Harbour celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
A performer carries a python for a show at the Ditan Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
A girl catches a container using bowls balanced on her head as she performs an acrobatic show during a Spring Festival Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begun on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lunar New Year 2013
Worshippers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dafo temple in Chongqing, China.
Lunar New Year 2013
Worshippers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dafo temple in Chongqing.

The Lunar New Year has been seen in with fireworks and parades all over the world.

Celebrations welcome the Year of the Snake - a year in which Chinese outbound tourism is expected to boom.

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