Feb 19, 2007

Some Chinese New Year photos

Above: This scene above from the Beijing train station shows the two popular luggage styles for this Chinese New Year season.

Choice one: get a huge grain sack and cram enough supplies for a Himalayam expedition into it. I can't imagine carrying that thing around under normal circumstances, yet alone trying to shove it onto a train packed to brim during the holiday travel season.

Choice two: the ever-reliable Chinese plastic roller-suitcase. From what I've seen, either the wheels pop off after rolling it more than a few hundred hards, or it opens suddenly, spilling whatever's inside. For this reason you see most Chinese wrapping their plastic suitcases with belts and cable ties. Mr. Grain Sack doesn't have that problem since the grain sack is very sturdy.

Above: Some residents shooting off roman candles and small mortars at around 1:00 AM on New Year's eve after most everyone else had gone in for the night.

Above: Remnants of Beijingers' fireworks on New Year's eve. [Note: Taken without flash, 10-second exposure, and rebalancing of levels]

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Anonymous Lola said...

Hi Eric,
How is Beijing? I enjoy reading your blog from time to time.. Is there a way I can reach you through email?

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, Eric:

Now, I hope you understand why it is important to be rich and to be educated. I believe 99.9% of world pop want to be rich and educated if they can get it as easy as you had.

Although it seems you've been in Beijing for a while, but there are still lots of things that you have never bothered to try to understand "why." it seems you don't even understand what is Chinese New Year although you experienced one.

6:43 PM  

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