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The last remaining street vendor in Rising Peace Lane before new year celebrations begin sells new year's decorations and calendars. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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As Chinese New Year Approaches, Shanghai's Bustling Streets Grow Quieter

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Yusheng, a traditional Southeast Asian dish meaning "Prosperous Toss," as prepared by Alex Wong at his home in Maryland. Denise Guerra/NPR hide caption

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Yusheng: A Dish To Toss In The air To Celebrate The Chinese New Year

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Ying Compestine's green tea-steamed shrimp dumplings. Lucy Schaeffer/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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For A Twist On The Lunar New Year Dumpling, Add Green Tea

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The finished dumplings, properly fried to a light crisp. The half-moon shape was meant to resemble ancient Chinese currency. Eating the dumplings was believed to bring fortune and prosperity. Daniel M.N. Turner/NPR hide caption

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