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A sales assistant gets a gold jewellery with a Year of the Rooster motif at a gold shop in Shanghai December 17, 2004. In China, gold is back in vogue. The country's growing urban middle class is lining up to cash in on a spectacular 30 percent rally in the precious metal's value over the last two years to a 16-year peak on December 2. The rise is partly because the U.S. dollar, long China's hard currency of choice, has dived nearly 30 percent over the same period. Most Chinese consumers still buy gold primarily for jewellery, not investment. Picture taken December 17, 2004. TO MATCH FEATURE MINERALS-CHINA-GOLD REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV CC/FA