Kung Hei Fat Choy ! Welcome to the Spring festival, start of the Lunar New Year, Friday 16th February, this year. This is the biggest celebration of the year, when families get together from all over the country and the world. Everyone feasts. To attract good fortune for the New Year, people display flowers and fruit and "lucky" objects like calligraphy and brightly coloured ornaments. Since this year is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac, a lot of the ornaments depict dogs. Whole stalls selling toy dogs - soft toys, balloons, dancing toys and stuff for kids. I even saw someone "walking" a toy dinosaur, with wheels in its legs. Above, a Dog who's been on the streets in Shanxi province for quite a while. Political commentary ? Aha ! Although people born in the Year of the Dog are generally loyal and trustworthy, those born as "Fire Dogs" in the more detailed 60-year zodiac have problems. Like dogs, they obey and are controlled by others. They like money and comforts but don't manage them well. And in matters of love, they are, well, like hounds. Of course this doesn't apply to everyone, but..... !