Raw video: Lunar New Year celebrations across China
Preparations are underway for the Lunar New Year holiday that begins at midnight.
Lanterns of various shapes have been lit up across cities in China to celebrate the country’s most important festival, which will start on Friday and lasts for 15 days.
In southwest Chinese city Chengdu, the 46th International Giant Panda Lantern Show opened to the public Thursday night. A total of 125 sets of lanterns illuminated the city’s Mount Tazi Park.
Apart from the traditional giant panda-themed lanterns, a variety of horse-shaped lanterns also made appearance at the show, celebrating the upcoming Year of the Horse in Chinese Zodiac.
Mainland China will virtually shut down for a week, and many residents of Beijing have already boarded planes, trains and buses for holiday destinations.
Below is a collection of images as Chinese communities around the world were gearing up for the holiday that begins at midnight: