Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Happy Chinese New Year!
It's the Year of the Tiger. Roar! Chinese New Year is a family holiday, on par with Thanksgiving or Christmas in the US, so everyone goes home to be with their families, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves. I asked my Chinese coworkers what I can do to celebrate the new year - are there any parades with dancing dragons or festivals to attend? No, they said, everyone will be at home with their loved ones. Hm. Must be a US thing then.
On Chinese New Years Eve there was a steady stream of fireworks all night long, especially the loud ones. Other than that, the area around where I live was pretty quiet. The shops closed up early & there was no one on the street.
Then at midnight all hell broke loose. There were so many firecrackers that it sounded like a war zone out there. I was going to go outside to take photos when I noticed that people were setting off fireworks in the hallway of the apartment building. Better to stay inside & take photos from my balcony.