Friday, February 4, 2011
The last night I was in Harbin, the hostel where I was staying threw a dumpling party. Dumplings are the traditional food of Chinese New Year, bringing good fortune to those who eat them. Everyone rolled out dumpling dough & filled the circles with a mixture of vegetables & meat. Then they boiled up the dumplings for everyone. They didn't last long, but the free beer flowed all night, as promised.
Although fireworks had been going off intermittently all day, a little before midnight all hell broke loose as the whole town started setting off all manner of sparklers, crackers & whizzers. We went outside to take a look & to play around with our own fireworks. This would never happen in the US.