Happy Rabbits! Chinese New Year 2011 fireworks from Tianjin, China!

What better way to celebrate than by blowing the place up? This is Tianjin city, China, at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve. We’re staying at friends’ house on the edge of the city, and this is the view from the third floor roof at midnight, looking north toward the city.

The photo and video don’t do it justice; what you see here is only about 1/10 of the cityscape that was exploding, but it’s still worth a look. The video clip (YouTube, sorry) gives you a better idea:

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3 thoughts on “Happy Rabbits! Chinese New Year 2011 fireworks from Tianjin, China!”

  1. We watched from a 22nd floor apartment. The view was stunning – big lihua fireworks every 500m or so in every direction. Insane!

  2. Haha, you mean: how many days? On New Year’s Eve you’ll always hear something blowing up somewhere from about 5pm to 2am, with a slowly building and spreading crescendo that reaches a frenzy in all directions around 11 and peaks at midnight. They finally take a breather between 4am and 7am, after which time intermittent fireworks start up again. For a couple days before and after New Year’s Eve there’s intermittent fireworks. But there’s always one guy who lets off a big one when it’s finally quiet, like at 4:30am, waking everyone up and setting off the car alarms.

    In the 15-day Spring Festival (New Year’s is the first day) there are some other traditional days for fireworks — the 5th, 10th and 15th (last) days of Spring Festival — so those evenings each have another fireworks barrage, just not quite as crazy as New Year’s Eve. Every day will have some fireworks, though. Here’s a shot from the 15th day last year that gives you a taste of how close the fireworks are.

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