Only fitting to post some (sorry, crudely edited for some uniformity) images from my first trip to China, back in 2007. Chinese Newyear is something to behold, and this was an experience never to forget. Shanghai stole my heart. Family, food & friends, all the ingredients were there. Previous attempts to go visit them again have been foiled, so for now -and with no access to other imagery in storage- this is almost all what’s left of those days. And did I mention the fireworks?
I would urge anyone who has the chance to visit (Shanghai and the temples around it) for Newyear some day, even though the…climate let’s say, has changed significantly from 12 years ago. The people are still the same and they’re awesome. It does help when you have dear friends locally, who can direct you to the best spots, Shanghai is a rather large city.
The year of the Fire Pig was, in many ways, a life-changing event.