xīn nián kuài lè or in in English,Happy New YEARS!!!!!! Another year down and on to the year of the Rabbit.Today is Chinese's New Years eve and it has been rediculous. Although there are roughly 24 million people in Shanghai, since it is Spring festival/ Chinese New years it seems that the town is a ghost town or atleast an average size town in the states.Millions of people are traveling going back to their hometowns to spend time with their family, leaving Shanghai deserted and causing many of these local shops to closed.With most of the shops closed it has been a hassle trying to get last minute things for my trip to Korea, but at the same time it has been nice not being bombarded with people. The town is so vacant that it has been a bit culture shock to me because I am used to seeing so many people and now it is so empty. On the Metro, normally filled with hundreds of people, it was almost bare with only a handful of passengers, for once I can get on the metro and take a seat without being shoved or pushed. The past few days there have been constant fireworks going off but nothing to the altitude that it is now. In what seems like a war zone, there are fireworks are going off left and right all over the city and lighting up the night sky. To add icing to the cake these fireworks are so loud that they set off the car alarms wich make for a nice 1-2 punch. Here is a clip outside my window at 8pm, with only more fireworks to come as the night goes on. This is clip doesn't do justice but it just a little peak at the madness.
With this new year I hope all your wishes come true and wish you good fortune!!!
And With that being said, I am starting the year off right and doing what I love, traveling and seeing the world. Off to South Korea I go! Happy New Years Ya'll!!! Make this year better than the last.