|Fake cherry blossoms added to trees, it was about 20 degrees |
Celine Dion was a special guest this year and sang a Chinese song as a duet, and then "My Heart Will Go On." It was really nice, minus the parts where we couldn't understand anything that was going on. Amazingly, the whole thing was without commercial.
Late on New Year's Eve, the fireworks started. Fireworks seem to be a free for all in Beijing. There are no organized fireworks, instead everyone, and I mean everyone is lighting massive amounts of fireworks that would most likely be highly illegal the average person in the US.
The heavy fireworks started at 11:50 pm and went on constant for almost 50 minutes. It was amazing the amount of fireworks going off all around us because they weren't organized, so you are being bombarded by fireworks from all sides. Imagine being 500 feet from a small city's firework launch pad and that was what it was like. Just crazy!
Today on Chinese New Year, we decided to take a tour with China Cultural Center to a special festival called a temple fair, typically a Northern China tradition close to a temple or park with worshiping deities, entertainment and shopping. We saw rural traditional dancing, incense offerings for good wishes, puppet shows, lots of food, music, and games for all ages.
|blowing the sugar into a pig.|
Kiddo got a really cool edible art made out of sugar. The artist made it into a pig because she was born in the year of the pig. He took melted, hot sugar and by blowing into it turned it into art. Quite amazing! It only took him about 30 seconds.
|Edible Sugar Art|