Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, an assistant shop clerk displays newly unveiled gold snake for sale ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar new year, the year of the Snake, at a jewelry shop in Hong Kong.  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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