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To ring in the year of the sheep, more Chinese go abroad
To ring in the year of the sheep, more Chinese go abroad

For millenniums, Chinese New Year has been a time for family. With government offices, factories and many other businesses closed, people travel -- sometimes for days -- to teary-eyed reunions over bountiful meals, gifts of red envelopes and colorful fireworks. But this year, many Chinese bucked centuries of tradition and left China during the weeklong holiday, which ran Feb. 18-24.  Many of those skipped family reunions and simply went sightseeing.  On the last day of the holiday, the China National Tourism Administration said more than 5 million Chinese traveled abroad during the break, a 10% rise compared with last year. Of those who said they were traveling during the...

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