CNY 2010 Fireworks in Shenzhen

Last night the streets of Shenzhen were filled with the sight, sound, and unmistakable aroma of millions of fireworks being set off by people across the city as China saw in the Year of the Tiger with a bang. As with many activities here, the more noise, the more luck it’s supposed to bring. Shortly before midnight, I took to the streets with my camera to capture the action (while trying to avoid getting my head blown off):

Despite repeated campaigns each year from the government to limit fireworks, they are always ignored with flagrant abandon for safety and the environment. Waking up this morning I opened the curtains to find the air still thick with smoke from the night before:

Smoky Shenzhen

It seems that tradition runs deeper than the rule of law 😉

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