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Photos: Chinese New Year fireworks

Shanghai is currently in relax mode with everybody on holidays for Chinese New Year. To celebrate the new lunar year there’s no shortage of fireworks going off at every hour of the day. I’ve been told the idea is to drive evil spirits away and to celebrate the festive season. Personally, I can’t help think it is some sort of sport or competition – like when suburban houses back home try and put up better Christmas lights than their neighbours.

A novelty at first, we decided to blow a our own little piece of China up and accidently hit a taxi. I guess that was always going to happen at 2am, a little drunk, and not having set off a firework in a long time (it’s illegal without a license back home).

I’ve been a bit snap happy with the camera so here are some pictures of events just around our neighbourhood. This first picture shows why a few people might end up in hospital this time of year…

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Year of the Reindeer Dragon

The shopping centre next to Jing An Temple have put up a pretty impressive light show for Christmas and Chinese New Year season (Earth Hour was so 2008, anyway). I couldn’t help notice that after Christmas the creators changed the neon from Santa’s reindeers into dragons.

Traditionally I thought dragons were more snake-like, however, I welcome these new Christmas / Chinese New Year reindeer dragons.

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Chinese New Year decorations

Chinese New Year decorations

Reindeer dragons!

Reindeer dragons!