Stepping out of the chronology on the blog for a moment, we are in Beijing for the Lunar New Year! What a crazy time of year to be here. It's freezing cold, but that's OK because everyone is in a festive New Year spirit and our room has heat. We've been eating lots of Peking duck and wearing all the clothes in our backpacks.
I'd heard that the Chinese are into fireworks for the Lunar New Year, but I was nowhere near being prepared for the reality outside our hotel room last night. The fireworks started early in the day and built to a crescendo at midnight. By 1:30 or so they'd quieted down, but the festivities returned at about 5 and have been on and off all day.
Here's a little taste of what it was like to be in Beijing last night. Happy Lunar New Year, and may your Year of the Dragon be full of health, wealth, and happiness!
More China to come... but first, back to Mumbai!