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Former British colony celebrates its ancient Chinese customs

Chinese New Year is one of the biggest and boldest celebrations to be found anywhere in the world and the festivities in Hong Kong are up there with the very best.

For the millions of people who take part in the occasion the main draw might be the parade of incredible, brightly-coloured floats, costumes and the all-important dragon dancers which work their way through the bustling streets on the first night of the new year, 26th January.

A recently-expanded route takes the parade through the Tsim Sha Tsui East area of Kong Kong, giving even more revellers the chance to take in the incredible spectacle, set against the backdrop of an illuminated Victoria Harbour.

Elsewhere in the territory, there are extravagant flower markets and a stunning spring lantern festival, which features elaborate paper constructions that are lit from within so as to emanate a beautiful coloured glow.

According to traditional Chinese astrology, 2009 will be the year of the Ox, which has connotations of dependability, logic and tenacity.

Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18882669-ADNFCR

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