Happy New Year!

Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
Trip End Sep 09, 2010

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy New Year!

Last night we celebrated the start of the Year of the Rat here in China. It was amazing to see so much fireworks, absolutely awesome! And what we saw was only from one appartment complex.

We spend the evening at the home of one of the factory owners, who lives on the 10th floor of an appartment complex that is build in a circle. We watched the tv program on CCTV one that apparantly most Chinese watch on this evening. And found out the routine is pretty much the same as in the Netherlands; eat, watch TV and light your own fireworks. The difference in the food was that at home we eat fatty snacks; oliebollen, appelflappen etc. but here we got all kinds of fruit! We did notice that once it was 12 o'clock no one actually wished anyone a happy new year as we do at home! Everyone was too preoccupied with setting off the fireworks.

I have never seen so much fireworks, especially since this was only from a relatively small group of people! It was very loud too and I think there were some fireworks that would have been illegal in the Netherlands. But is was so beautiful and went on for a long time. I think approxiametly from 23:30 to 0:30. And on the 10th there will be fireworks again!

It was a great start of my vacation that officially begin yesterday. I have already been doing the touristy thing since last weekend when I went to Qibao with two friends. We took the bus, that had to go through heavy traffic, taking about two hours to get there only to find out thet metroline had already opened and has a Qibao station! Qibao is a small area in Shanghai that sort of looks like ancient China. It was very idyllic especially with the snow still on the rooftops. There was also a lot of strange food, but we went for normal with a Korean BBQ.

Yesterday we went to Wuzhen, which is similar to Qibao but a lot bigger. It was gourgeous but because it was the last day of the year all shops were closed and we were basically the only tourists there, which was a nice change from the normally crowded tourist spots.

Happy New Year everyone!

PS I've added some photos to the snowy post.
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