Chinese New Year - Spring 2008 
From the window on my apartment I could look out on Chinese New Years Eve and see a constant barrage of fireworks over the city. There were so many going off all the time that a single image catches more than a few. Image that going on for hours every night, for almost 2 weeks.The Temple Fair at DiTan (Temple of Earth) Park is a huge sprawl of shows, carnival games, concession booths and food. There are many such fairs all around Beijing during the Spring Festival.Inside one of the small temples people could pay a little money and right the bell 3 times for good luck in the coming year.From the bell tower you can get a sense of just how massive and crowded the temple fair is.
From the window on my apartment I could look out on Chinese New Years Eve and see a constant barrage of fireworks over the city. There were so many going off all the time that a single image catches more than a few. Image that going on for hours every night, for almost 2 weeks.
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The Temple Fair at DiTan (Temple of Earth) Park is a huge sprawl of shows, carnival games, concession booths and food. There are many such fairs all around Beijing during the Spring Festival.
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Inside one of the small temples people could pay a little money and right the bell 3 times for good luck in the coming year.
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From the bell tower you can get a sense of just how massive and crowded the temple fair is.
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This view from the bell tower shows people buying crazy wigs, costumes, fake flowers, and other random stuff.A woman performs with a giant spindle.Another view of the crowds and booths at the temple fair.A girl dances with so many spinning rings that she looks like a giant slinky. It makes me sad that I have trouble with 1 hula hoop.
This view from the bell tower shows people buying crazy wigs, costumes, fake flowers, and other random stuff.
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A woman performs with a giant spindle.
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Another view of the crowds and booths at the temple fair.
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A girl dances with so many spinning rings that she looks like a giant slinky. It makes me sad that I have trouble with 1 hula hoop.
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After the tradition Chinese New Year Spring Festival, there is the Lantern Festival. Me And Jessie, my girlfriend at the time, went to a town just outside Beijing to see their amazing street of lanterns.The whole street was closed off and full of probably more than a kilometer of lanterns.These massive lanterns were made of cloth and lit up from the inside.Enthusiasm for the Beijing Olympics was really high.
After the tradition Chinese New Year Spring Festival, there is the Lantern Festival. Me And Jessie, my girlfriend at the time, went to a town just outside Beijing to see their amazing street of lanterns.
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The whole street was closed off and full of probably more than a kilometer of lanterns.
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These massive lanterns were made of cloth and lit up from the inside.
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Enthusiasm for the Beijing Olympics was really high.
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That's me in front of a lantern topped with giant mice.The lantern festival brings in a huge crowd of people to walk around and enjoy the lanterns at night.
That's me in front of a lantern topped with giant mice.
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The lantern festival brings in a huge crowd of people to walk around and enjoy the lanterns at night.
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