United Nations chief Antonio Guterres sends Lunar New Year greetings

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Lien Veyliang, the vice president of China's National Development and Reform Commission, said that they expected some 3 billion trips between January 21 and March 1.

"No matter how hard it gets to find tickets, we need to spend the Chinese new year together [with family]".

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays, booking family trips to Thailand, Japan and other top destinations. The Year of the Pig officially starts on Tuesday.

Real estate agents mount special marketing campaigns to sell apartments to Chinese visitors and retailers' sales of luxury goods rival the pre-Christmas rush.

This Spring Festival ushers in the Year of the Pig, the last in the cycle of 12 animals presiding over China's time-honored zodiac. Companies, shops and government offices closed for official holidays that ranged from two days in South Korea to a week in China. The Chinese New Year takes place tomorrow, on the 5th of February.

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To welcome the year of the pig, below is our collection of happy Chinese Lunar New Year quotes, wishes, and greetings, collected from a variety of sources.

Lana Wong, a prominent Hong Kong actress, wore a pig costume for the event.

Unlike Qian, Ma grew up in Zhengzhou, a metropolis in northern China, and said many Chinese New Year traditions have faded away with the rapid development of the area over the past few years.

Passengers with luggage crowd the waiting hall of Hangzhou East railway station during this year's Chinese Spring Festival. "In that spirit, I wish you and your families health, success and happiness in this new year".

Women light candles while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand. Mainland authorities have always been accused by critics and minorities of pushing Mandarin at the expense of other languages. Relations between Taipei and Beijing have had a rocky start to 2019 after Xi Jinping delivered a bellicose speech last month describing the island's unification with the mainland as "inevitable".