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Chinese New Year festivities end with the Lantern Festival, February 24, 2013

By February 17, 2013

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Snake lanternWhile some had to go back on Saturday, most of China is officially back at work and school today. Maybe it's just me but there seems to be a palpable sense of depression on this very chilly, wet Monday as everyone trudges back to responsibility after a nice long week of merry-making.

That said, there's still some fun to be had. The new year festivities aren't officially over until the 15th day of the Lunar New Year when the Lantern Festival takes place. This year, that's February 24.

In Shanghai, the best thing to do to celebrate is brave the crowds and go to the Old City to see the lanterns on display. Every year, the zodiac themed display goes up around Yuyuan Garden. It's great by day or night, but particularly at night when the lanterns are illuminated and the alleys are crowded with people the area feels really festive.

I haven't been yet to see the Year of the Snake lanterns yet, but if the weather improves, I'll head over. Take a look at some photos from years past:

Photo: a lantern snake looks down on the crowds during Shanghai's lantern festival from 2012. Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.

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