Colorful celebrations for the Chinese lunar New Year have attracted global attention. Many people see it as a kind of barometer for China's economic performance. Most Chinese are optimistic about the current economic difficulties, while others are uncertain about what's in store for the year of the ox.
People rub a relief sculpture of an ox at the Taoist White Cloud Temple in Beijing on Chinese New Year celebrations.
On the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, Beijing's White Cloud Temple welcomed thousands of visitors, rich and poor, young and old. They come to greet the God of Wealth, who is believed to have been born on this day. This is a deep rooted tradition that dates back thousands of years. This year, a record number of visitors have flocked to the temple, wishing for a prosperous year.
Wang Qi and her family have been queuing for over an hour to see the God of Wealth. Like everyone else here, she also has a wish.
Wang Qi, Beijing resident, said, "I hope everything will be fine. I don't have too many expectations about money, but it would be great if the praying really works. "
Wang Qi works for the local telecommunication company. Her wish reflects the general feeling of many Chinese hoping for a smooth year.