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Chinese Gear Up to Mark New Year of the Monkey

Chinese have begun gearing up ahead of the New Year of the Monkey, which starts on February 8.

Ethnic Dong women wearing traditional costumes, hold "pipas", a traditional instrument, during a rehearsal in Guizhou province, China, on Jan. 28, 2016. Reuters
People shop at a new year market ahead of the festivities in Shandong province, China, on Jan. 28. CHINA DAILY / Reuters
A woman scales fish by the side of a lake in Jiangsu province, China, on Jan. 27. CHINA DAILY / Reuters
A monkey holds a dice during a performance in Zhejiang province, on Jan. 28. CHINA DAILY / Reuters
Passengers wait to board their trains as they head to their hometowns at Shanghai railway station on Jan 29. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP - Getty Images
A Malaysian worker puts up traditional Chinese lanterns at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Jan. 29. MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP - Getty Images
Traditional lion dance performers participate in an event in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Jan. 28. MOHD RASFAN / AFP - Getty Images