beijing spring

There’s a tangible sense of excitement in the air here. The skies are clear and the pollution is absent, for the time being at least.

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clear evening sky  may not last long unfortunately
clear evening sky may not last for long

 

New Year’s Eve in China

Fireworks exploding in the street  – misrule is the order of the night – lit by cigarette. Loud bangs definitely more important than visual display. Fire engines and street cleaners kept constantly busy. The local security guards all posed with fire extinguishers for a photo-op at the start of the night as we live within a historically important – and mostly built of wood – location.

one of the security guards observes fireworks across the road from our apartment on the street
security guard observes fireworks across the road from our apartment
street fireworks
street fireworks
fireworks in the hutongs
fireworks in the hutongs
hutong rocket
hutong rocket

 

 

 

Snow fell and settled briefly, a rare sight in Beijing and evaporated quickly, no lingering ice on the roads, thankfully.

cycling in the snow
cycling in the snow, hard to spot, you need to squint a little
snowy landscape seen from the airport express
snowy landscape seen from the train
lamma temple flags - the few million people left in Beijing congregated here on New Year's Day
lamma temple flags – the few million people left in Beijing congregated here on New Year’s Day

more flags

 

 

 

 

street crochet outside or apartment
street crochet outside our apartment

 

 

As if being on the back of a bicycle in Beijing wasn’t quite hazardous enough, it seems that children sleeping on the way home from school are taking things to a new level, although the traffic is slow and the road surfaces are smooth you really need to have your wits about you as there are no traffic rules here when it comes to cycle lanes.

sleeping child balanced on the trip home from school
sleeping child balanced on the trip home from school

The Spring Festival ends with the full moon and of course another full night of fireworks!

a glimpse of the full moon that rounds off the spring festival
a glimpse of the full moon that rounds off the spring festival

 

And finally some more lanterns…

NY lanterns

 

 

 

 

 

 

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