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Beijing's Lantern Festival Fireworks

Picture of sunset.

Sunset in Beijing.

January 22, 2016
Day 585

The New Year fireworks in China make the largest Fourth of July displays in the US look like child's play. And rather than just one or two nights, the festivities continue for over two weeks. The fifteenth day of the new year marks the Lantern Festival. Supposedly this is a traditional holiday where people carried red lanterns to temples, symbolically letting go of their past selves. But this year in Beijing, all I saw were fireworks. Lots of them, spread all over the city. The rumbles and explosions echoed off of buildings for six hours straight. Here's a short video to give you an idea of what it was like:

This year's New Year festivities definitely went out with a bang. Ever traveled to China for Chinese New Year? Tell me about it in the comment section below.