Friday, 30 January 2009

Chinese New Year Fireworks

Back in 1993 the Beijing municipal government imposed a total ban on the purchase and use of fireworks inside the city.

As you may be aware, fireworks - especially firecrackers - are an essential part of Lunar New Year celebrations across Asia - and the ban was obviously very unpopular.

In the past few years the government has been relaxing the ban, and 2009 was no exception.

At for several hours on Sunday 25th January, the normally tranquil atmosphere of Beijing was shattered with sporadic bursts of firecrackers and flash-bomb explosions.

By late evening the tempo had settled into a steady, earsplitting roar.. but at midnight..


Five days later and every evening the skies again light up and the window panes vibrate to the shockwaves of percussion blasts...

It has been an amazing, spectacular week...

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