Best wishes for health and prosperity for everyone in the Year of the Dragon! As I walked through Yu Gardens this week watching the frenzied preparations to hang thousands of lanterns for the coming Lunar New Year tomorrow night, everywhere I looked was the same strong, vibrant Chinese red.
Red symbolizes happiness in Chinese culture and is always the colour of joy and celebrations. It inspired me to find all my favourite red images from the last year, from all corners of China (I really covered some ground!) and put them together for you. Enjoy!
L: washing seats, Shanghai stadium
Sliding sled seats sit on a frozen lake, Beijing
L: A small boy sits outside his mother's hairdressing shop, Miao village
R: Lucky red underwear for New Year, Tongli
Toffee strawberries, hawthorns and other fruits for sale, Nanjing
L: Peek into a Chinese home, Tongli
Bicycles, Shanghai. 'Standard Integration, Transparent Operation'
R: Elderly early adopter with mobile phone and mountain bike, Beijing
Hundreds of single votives hung together to create the character shou 寿 ‘long life’, Tongli temple
R: Sweet peanut cake, Xian
L: Carefully painted fire hydrant, Shanghai
Pair of ancestor paintings, Tongli
L: Tiny carved wooden deity, Qibao
R: meat for sale at the wet market, Shanghai
L: A tour group of workers from a costume factory in Northern China dress up in cabaret costumes whilst visiting a small Miao ethnic village
. No, I have no idea why.
Unbridled joy on a battery-operated wheelie horse, main square, Kaili
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Happy New Year! Congratulations, and be prosperous!
Labels: China, Chinese New Year, New Year