Pedestrians look at a huge paper-cut work of the dragon and other 11 animals of the Chinese zodiac at a shopping mall in Nanjing city, east Chinas Jiangsu province, 18 January 2012. A huge paper-cut work celebrating the upcoming Spring Festival or the Chinese Lunar New Year was put on display recently at Deji Plaza, a large shopping mall in downtown Nanjing. Designed and made by famous Chinese paper-cut master Chen Yao, the craftwork, measuring 10 meters long and 5 meters wide, features the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. A huge dragon is surrounded by the 12 animals in the work, which is said to show an auspicious and festive atmosphere for the Chinese New Year. The Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar, and the only animal that is legendary.
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