shu and joe

Fireworks = Chinese New Year

Published on March 1, 2007

…in Beijing at least. It was illegal to set off fireworks in the center of the city a couple of years ago, but the law was relaxed in 2005 and now everyone can have a go at pyrotechnics! We chose not to engage in the actual buying and setting off of explosives, but instead dusted off the old skateboards and went for a little ride through the deserted streets around our apartment building. Needless to say, after about 20 minutes, I was gasping a bit from fireworks-related smoke inhalation. Probably didn’t help that I am fairly out of shape and had a hard time even pushing myself along on the board. We returned home to witness a final, startling display of small-scale fireworks and congratulated ourselves on our bravery and pluck.

It’s been two weeks since the fateful midnight ride and the streets are still wild with small eruptions. Maybe next year we’ll join in the fun in a more hands-on way.

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