Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, an assistant shop clerk works near a newly unveiled gold snake on display for sale ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar new year, the year of the Snake, at a jewelry shop in Hong Kong. The 380 gram-gold snake is for sale at HK$200,000 (US$25,800). Chinese New Year remains the most important festival in the region, a weeklong round of family reunions, temple visits, and gastronomic excess.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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