OVER AT THE HOMEPAGE of top Chinese search engine
, a bright, rainbow-tinted dragon sits as placid as a logo — until you click and let the beast chase your cursor willy-nilly, serpentining across the screen.
Head over to another Chinese search engine —
— as the Lunar New Year is celebrated with an animated firecracker, representing the colorful and renewing arrival of the fresh year, that gives way to the next morning’s gift of hong bao, or red packets.
Over on Yahoo’s homepage, the animated Year of the Rabbit scampers away, chased from the calendar by a many-legged parading Dragon.
In these ways, search engines ring in that most important of traditional Chinese holidays.
Happy New Year, and Kung Hei Fat Choi.