February 19, 2007

Chinese New Year's Eve

Never knew spending Chinese New Year could be so nice in Beijing, even on your own, without family around. It's like Christmas with the Christmas lights hanging outside and red lanterns hanging on gates. Fireworks are very colourful and noisy though, to the point where it feels like you're in a war zone. But it was nice, just to sit at home, without the lights on, and just wathing the fireworks outside the window. Didn't have a good angle from my window though, so eventually I just went out with a friend. So far all the places we went to were serving food at half price and one place in front of XiJiaoBinGuan was even offering free Korean traditional New Year soup (of some sort; didn't know what it was called). It had scrambled egg with lots of sticky white cake in it, delicious.

Hopefully I can do this again next year, stay in Beijing for Chinese New Year. Maybe have my family come here instead.

February 13, 2007

Pre - Chinese New YEar

The Chinese New Year will be in Feb.18 this 2007, trains and cities are packed with people going home to their families, and others taking the opportunity of time away from work and school to go traveling to other cities in China.

This is the first time I’ll be spending Chinese New Year away from my family and in Beijing. It should be interesting. My roommate insists that I should go home with her if I’m not going home myself. I’m beginning to realize that Chinese New Year is more a big deal to the local Chinese than Christmas is to a lot of foreigners.

I wonder if buying tickets for the train will be any better than before. I remember buying tickets around this time meant lining up for hours, with people butting in line, and finding out by the time you get to the counter that the ticket you want is already sold out.

I for one am not planning to go anywhere, what I want to to do some observation on how the New Year holiday is celebrated here in Beijing. I heard description of it being 热闹, in other words: lively and full of life. On the other hand, I’ve also heard it being quiet, because everyone is at home with their families. I guess we will see then.