China rings in Lunar New Year with most COVID rules lifted


              Worshippers wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and pray for blessing at a temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
            
              Taipei city Mayor Wayne Chiang, center, prays at a temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
            
              Chinese families visit to Qianmen pedestrian shopping street on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A woman using an iPhone with prosperity wording takes a picture at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A visitor burns incense as she prays on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors light incense as they pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors light incense as they pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.  (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of  late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              A family member takes a selfie in front of a giant rabbit installation to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit for 2023 in the Chinese zodiac at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              A visitor burns incense as she prays on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Women wearing face masks watch a toddler pose for a souvenir photo with a rabbit shaped floral decoration at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Worshippers wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and pray for blessing at a temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
            
              Taipei city Mayor Wayne Chiang, center, prays at a temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
            
              Chinese families visit to Qianmen pedestrian shopping street on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A woman using an iPhone with prosperity wording takes a picture at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A visitor burns incense as she prays on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors light incense as they pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors light incense as they pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.  (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of  late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              A family member takes a selfie in front of a giant rabbit installation to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit for 2023 in the Chinese zodiac at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              A visitor burns incense as she prays on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday at the Lama Temple in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Women wearing face masks watch a toddler pose for a souvenir photo with a rabbit shaped floral decoration at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict "zero-COVID" policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.  (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of  late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of  late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Koreans visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.  (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              North Korean people visit and pay respect to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
            
              Worshippers wearing face masks burn their first joss sticks as they offer prayer at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Bertha Wang)
            
              A woman wearing a face mask offers prayer at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Bertha Wang)
            
              Worshippers wearing face masks burn their first joss sticks as they pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Bertha Wang)
            
              Taoists wearing face masks stand as masked worshippers wait to burn their first joss sticks at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Bertha Wang)
            
              A man wearing a face mask burns his first joss sticks as he offers prayer at Hok Lay Kiong temple in Bekasi, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan 22, 2023. The Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
            
              A worker cleans floor at Hok Lay Kiong temple in Bekasi, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan 22, 2023. The Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
            
              A man wearing a face mask offers prayer at Hok Lay Kiong temple in Bekasi, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan 22, 2023. The Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
            
              Visitors wearing face masks slide across the ice on sled-like chairs at an ice carnival at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors wearing face masks walk along a path decorated with lanterns at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A girl rolls an inflatable tube across the snow at an ice carnival at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Children wearing face masks are pulled on an inner tube across the snow at an ice carnival at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A visitor wearing a face mask poses for a photo in front of a New Year-themed display at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors walk across a bridge decorated with lanterns at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors wearing face masks walk along a path decorated with lanterns at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              Visitors wearing face masks pose in front of a row of Year of the Rabbit themed billboards at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A woman poses for a selfie on a bridge decorated with lanterns at a public park in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
China rings in Lunar New Year with most COVID rules lifted