Watching kids play with firecrackers and wondering, “where are all the fingerless 9-year-olds.”
If Christmas songs were annoying, the continuous looping of drum and gong at retail outlets accompanied by anharmonic children’s choruses is sure to complete the looney bin certification.
The tradition of buying a new wardrobe before the spring festival comes during that inconvenient season in Southern China’s narrow cold spell, and leads to an annual cramming of storage space the next month.
Yes, there were some impressive Christmas tree displays, but why do retailers leave them up until February working double duty as Spring Festival decorations?
Annual blast of winter-esque weather makes one almost pine for six months of summer.
In the central square, admiring two-meter high sculpture of whatever this year’s animal is.
Wondering hungrily, are those mandarin oranges really edible? Or will that bring seven year’s bad luck?
Stepping back and asking, “when did pictures of fat children first become decorative?”
More fireworks: up by the river, explosions all around—hopefully the closest most people will come to life during wartime.
Hongbao—Red Envelopes—the most generous and thoughtful of customs, if you’re on the receiving end.
Making dumplings—carefully folding the doughy wrappers into various shapes can be hours of fun for a big group. Eating those hours’ worth of dumplings afterwards—less fun.
World’s biggest annual migration of people: bus and train stations packed, crowded and chaotic even by standards of bus and train stations.
Not exactly I am Legend, but traffic declines to the point that it’s almost possible to walk down the middle of the street.
A local friend says on Spring Festival Eve, 100,000 people will go to the Qifeng Park temple to wish for good luck. Don’t believe him.
The Qifeng Park plazas and walkways are overwhelmed with a crush of at least tens of thousands of people, held back by gates, all eager to burn incense and wish for good luck.
The Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival. Aptly named, but isn’t every festival celebrated with lanterns?