SINGAPORE - The Duke of Cambridge has given his best wishes to Chinese people who are celebrating Chinese New Year all around the world.
Prince William said in a 52-second YouTube video: "Zhu ni men chun jie kuai le, yang nian da ji", which means "Happy new year, and the best of luck in the year of the sheep".
The British prince also said in English that he would be visiting China to launch the Great Festival of Creativity, which is a cultural exchange programme between the two countries.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had also posted a message in Mandarin on the first day of Chinese New Year.
In the half-minute video, Facebook's CEO spoke entirely in Mandarin and wished everyone happiness in the year of the sheep. He also said that Facebook employees would be celebrating Chinese New Year with a party and lion dance performances.
Zuckerberg had surprised university students in Beijing last year when he gave a 30-minute interview entirely in Mandarin.
He told the audience then that he had wanted to learn Chinese so he could communicate with relatives from his wife's side of the family. He is married to medical school graduate Priscilla Chan, whom he met while studying at Harvard.