Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important holiday celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Japan, and South Korea. Our video editor Jia Guo filmed the festivities in the coastal city of Qingdao at the start of the Year of the Rooster. For more on the Spring Festival TV Gala, see our review of this year's program.
A crumpled-up banknote from the Ming dynasty is a remarkable discovery found inside a 700-year-old Buddhist sculpture
"It's typical to find materials such as mantra rolls, relics, grains, incense and semi-precious stones that have been placed inside gilt bronze sculptures by a monk or lama," said an Asian art specialist at the Australian auction house that holds the piece. "But we've never heard of anyone finding money inside a wooden sculpture before."
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