Sounds Like A War Zone

February 14th, 2013

It’s the fifth day of the Year of the Snake and fireworks have been going off like crazy pretty much all day long. This morning was the worst, but now at 8 pm, it’s pretty bad again. It took me ten minutes, rather than the usual five, to get to my in-laws house because I kept having to change my route due to running into firecrackers exploding everywhere I usually go.

Apparently the reason today is so bad is because it’s the fifth, and on days that are multiples of five–5, 10, 15–people are supposed to set off firecrackers before leaving their home to go out. One student told me that they line them up around their car and light them. That sounds a bit dangerous considering the price of cars here.

The kids are sleeping well, even with all the noise. I think I’m tired enough, from being up from 3:40 to 5:30 this morning with Catherine, that I’ll be able to sleep pretty well tonight, despite the noise.


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    About Charlotte

    I'm a wife, mom and freelance writer in small town China. My two kids and I are three of the dozen foreigners that live here, though we've yet to meet them.

    We're near enough to Beijing to visit occasionally, but far enough away to make it a bit of a hassle since we don't have a car.