Happy last day of New Year’s!
On my way back from picking up my fully restored electronic dictionary, I happened to pass by Shizi Qiao on Hunan Lu in all its New Year’s splendor.
There was a stand selling really beautiful paper-cuts by Jiansu artist Chen Yao (陈耀):
The images in that last paper-cut were chosen to represent different auspicious sayings…Next up we’ve got the lantern festival to celebrate the end of two weeks of New Year’s celebration. I can’t wait to check out Fuzi Miao on Sunday!
During my late-evening run to McDonald’s tonight, I discovered the best way to find fireworks in an unfamiliar city. One must not have any kind of photography equipment and one must not be seeking fireworks expressly! This way, when one discovers themselves under those spectacular sparks, one can admire without any obligation to make a record!
It can’t be Chinese New Year without fireworks! And so I went out last night in search of some. The hunt was a little disappointing since I had the odd habit of always being in the worst place possible to see them go off.
The solitary photo above is the only one I took last night that was presentable. My timing and aim leave much to be desired… For a comparison of what other wonderful night vistas I’ve been taking in this CNY, I also include for you a view from Taipei and a view from my dorm room window:
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EDIT: You’ll need the Microsoft Silverlight plugins to view these videos!
…and all was quiet in Nanjing.
I flew to Shanghai yesterday out of Songshan Airport in Taipei. How surprising it was to find the train station packed to the brim! From what I understand, the majority of travel is done the eve of Chinese New Year, since most people must work up to the very last minute. Given the fact that so much of the labor force is from out-of-town, there’s a kind of vacuum effect that happens to the east coast cities as everyone frantically hops on some sort of transportation back to the inner provinces. It’s possible that since day two of CNY is traditionally reserved for visiting one’s niang jia (the wife’s family), day three’s traffic was thus a result of the overflow of backward returnees.
Well, at least that was the case in Taiwan. The news certainly had enough snapshots of congested north-bound highways back up to Taipei!
I didn’t manage to get back to Nanjing until almost 9pm yesterday, but the stunning lack of cars meant I could commandeer the street for the easier transportation of my luggage. I think I should learn how to travel light! After getting back to the Center this morning, I made a grocery run to Suguo and found the streets much the same in the daytime:
The bright red paper scraps left over by nocturnal fire-cracker festivities are the only pieces of evidence that Nanjing is still the throes of New Year’s celebrations. Otherwise, it would appear that the city has decided to take an extended winter nap. But, I think I’ll characterize the lack of life on the streets as being “eerie”. China is a country of 1.3 billion souls. Stillness and quiet is unheard of as part of its urban landscape!
I’m officially another year older according to Chinese tradition. Wow…time flies!
The fruits of my labor today!
I think I like number two better…even though the first one looks much more elegant in real life…I hope my relatives like them!
You can take the girl away from the Big Apple, but you can’t take the Big Apple away from the girl! I missed out on the ball drop in New York, but New Year’s Eve was spent with many lovely friends at HNC. I celebrated the first day of 2010 with some friends at 85 Degrees where we took in a not-so-sleepy Nanjing with some cake and libation.
It’s a new year and looking back it certainly has been quite the trip! What’s ahead? Winter break, a new semester… how about we try for daily updates?!