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Contrasting images of Lantern Festival in China

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Miao people perform a dragon dance to celebrate the coming lantern festival at Xiumei Square on Feb. 16 in Taijiang county of Guiyang, Guizhou province, China. The Lantern Festival, also known as Yuanxiao Festival or Shanguuan Festival, falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month in China. This year it will fall on Feb. 17.

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A man dressed in a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) costume sits on an electric bicycle while waiting for a performance to celebrate the Lantern Festival, on the last day of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Beijing on Feb. 17.

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