In this week in photos, people pray for good fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year in temples across China; fishing boats are stranded in a frozen harbor in Dalian, Liaoning province; and people from the Dong ethnicity in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region ring in the Year of the Pig in their own unique way.
Dragon dancers perform at a park during the Lunar New Year in Beijing, Feb. 8, 2019. Greg Baker/VCG
Two men dressed as ‘maogao’ — gods said to bring good luck to the Dong people — set off firecrackers during the Lunar New Year in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Feb. 5, 2019. Long Linzhi/VCG
Women hold incense and pray for good fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Feb. 5, 2019. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/VCG
A tourist takes photos inside an art installation titled “A Golden Year” by Los Angeles-based creative agency Dog & Pony, erected as part of the Lunar New Year festivities at a shopping arcade in Hong Kong, Feb. 4, 2019. Philip Fong/VCG
A performer dressed as an emperor (center) participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony at a temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing, Feb. 5, 2019. China’s former emperors used to pray for bumper harvests and good fortune at this time of year. IC
Actors perform a high-wire stunt at a scenic spot in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, Feb. 5, 2019. Wang Jing/VCG
An aerial view of fishing boats stranded in a frozen harbor in Dalian, Liaoning province, Feb. 8, 2019. Lü Wenzheng/IC