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Spring Festival

Today is the first day of Spring Festival and it holds as much importance as Christmas day to the Chinese, although the day it starts varies from year to year. Last night there was a considerable amount of fireworks, but I have to say that it's nothing like it was in 2007 in Tianjin when I didn't get much sleep. Some of the ones from last night were coming from the village and probably even this campus (there is a skeleton staff here maintaining this building and a few others) but there were also many down by the train tracks and towards the city. Of course, now we have street lights (turned on just before i went to Liaoning) and the highway no longer stops just down the road this is becoming more and more like suburbia every day. Myra (Xi'an), Mary (my student) and Judy (Liaoning) sent me texts wishing me a happy Spring Festival.

This morning I heard the sound of horses' hooves and I just managed to see two galloping at speed towards the West. Then, an hour and a bit later, coming back again. My guess was they were the ethnic minority, Mongolians, and celebrating how quiet the roads are rather than the festival. And I worried about the horses' calves running on a hard surface...

Posted by safemouse 07:08 Archived in China

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