30 January 2014
Last updated at 15:34 ET
A Chinese folk artist performs at the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair in Beijing, one of millions of people around the world celebrating ahead of Chinese, or Lunar, New Year.
It was not just the dragons breathing fire at the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing.
Fireworks lit up the sky in Beijing to celebrate the most important family holiday in the calendar for many in Asia.
In Shanghai too there were celebrations to mark the incoming Year of the Horse. Traditionally, New Year celebrates the start of the ploughing and sowing season and the arrival of new life.
Ribbons pour from this man's mouth as he performs his feats of endurance at the Temple Fair.
In the Philippines, this dragon took a break from performing outside businesses in Manila's Chinatown. The dance is traditionally believed to bring them prosperity.
Sub-marine celebrations were held to entertain visitors at Singapore's South East Asia Aquarium.
Chinese Cambodians perform a dragon dance to celebrate the incoming Year of the Horse, in Phnom Penh.
It was banned under authoritarian ruler Suharto, but ethnic Chinese in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia can now celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Hoping for a bright new year, people pose for photos around artificial cherry blossom trees with LED lights on, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wax figures of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan pay a visit to London's Chinatown, braving the rain.
In Shanghai's financial district, it was eerily quiet. Hundreds of millions of people travel back to their home towns in China over the new year period.
Shunning China's crowded public transport during the world's largest migration, this family join an estimated 600,000 people heading home on the highways.