People in China and other Asian countries are preparing to celebrate New Year on 19 February.

The Year of the Horse rides off into the sunset and in bounds the Year of the Goat (or Sheep or Ram, depending on your interpretation of the Chinese character). People born under the sign of the Goat are described as peace-loving, kind and popular.

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Chen Forng-shean looks through a magnifier at his miniature resin figurine of a Tibetan antelope on top of a pencil, in Taipei. He created the 0.18cm (0.07 inches) long and 0.4cm (0.16 inches) high figurine to welcome the upcoming Lunar Year of the GoatPichi Chuang/Reuters

Cities across Asia are being decorated with red lanterns, illuminated sheep and sculptures of Cai Shen, the God of Fortune.

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A visitor looks at a floral display of goats made from chrysanthemum blooms ahead of the Lunar New Year at the Gardens by the Bay greenhouse in SingaporeEdgar Su/Reuters
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A worker makes red lanterns ahead of the Spring Festival, at a workshop in Wenxian county, Henan province, ChinaReuters
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A woman takes photographs in a "sheep cafe" in Seoul, South KoreaKim Hong-Ji/Reuters
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Labourers work on an 18m (59ft) tall God of Fortune display ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations along Marina Bay in SingaporeEdgar Su/Reuters
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Yu Qiquan finishes a giant sculpture of the God of Fortune, made of 150kg rice flour dough, which will be put on display at a department store during the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Shenyang, Liaoning province, ChinaSheng Li/Reuters
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A man writes Chinese calligraphy on a sheet of red paper in preparation for Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong KongPhillipe Lopez/AFP
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A saleslady wipes off dust on a golden goat statuette for sale at a store in Chinatown in ManilaRomeo Ranoco/Reuters

Hundreds of millions of Chinese people are making their way home for the Lunar New Year in the world's largest annual human migration. A total of 2.8 billion trips nationwide are expected during the travel rush.

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People wait in line to board their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai. Some 2.807 billion trips are expected to be made during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush in ChinaAly Song/Reuters
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A paramilitary policeman carries a man with an injured foot at a railway station in Hefei, Anhui province, during the travel rush period ahead of the Chinese Lunar New YearReuters