The Lunar New Year begins on February 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.
People shop for Spring Festival decorations all over China with the advent of the Year of the Rabbit falling on Feb 3, 2011.
Poison scare, Spring Festival travel rush, freezing weather in South China, winter fun in Beijing.
A mass poisoning incident two years ago at a high school in Jianping county, Northeast China's Liaoning province, is back in the headlines after affected families sought to sue local government departments for poorly handling the incident and dodging their repeated requests for transparency.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up an inspection tour of the drought-hit central Henan Province from Friday to Saturday, urging more efforts by local governments to ensure agricultural production.
Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Jan 22.
A woman visits a photo exhibition on Chinese lanterns during an activity promoting the upcoming Chinese New Year in Paris, capital of France, Jan 22, 2011.
As heavy snow and freezing rain continue sweeping East, South China and highways are severely affected, stranded passengers have to turn to trains for home as the Spring Festival holiday near.
Models present the creation at the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 in Berlin, Jan 22, 2011.
Heavy snow and icy rain continue to sweep South China, disrupting traffic and cutting water and power supplies.
Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Jan 21, 2011.
Hong Kong Disneyland held celebration for its 5th anniversary and kicked off the year-long program "Celebration in the Air" on Friday.