China

Hearing Loss

I arrived back to my hotel tonight to a barrage of fireworks directly outside the main entrance. These weren’t orderly controlled fireworks but a bunch of the hotel staff randomly throwing them on the pavement outside… on a busy road… with lots of people walking past! These weren’t your run of the mill garden fireworks either, they were louder than anything I’ve heard before – my ears are still ringing two hours later (probably didn’t do them any good either)! I watched for a while standing outside strategically behind a group of bystanders and was frankly amazed that nobody lost an eye!

Here’s a short video I took (with mobile) of some of the standing fireworks, what you don’t see are the crazy huge bangers in long strings which came later! Hopefully there should be some more around the city as it gets closer to the Spring Festival next week.

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Tokyo. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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