Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

At present started the Yr of the Rabbit in line with many Asian culturesso I wish to I want you all an exquisite Lunar New Yr! I I hope it brings you all of the luck, success, enjoyable, cash, good well being, high quality time with the folks you like, intercourse (and hopefully good too) and no matter you dream up.

have you learnt that This was the primary 12 months that I really celebrated Chinese language New Yr in China, so I wish to take this event to inform you what my expertise was like. So yeah, right now I am not going to speak to you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals…that are rather more attention-grabbing. The lifetime of a journey blogger is extra attention-grabbing than the lifetime of a VR blogger, possibly I ought to contemplate a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I inform you about my expertise, I simply wish to level out that China is a big and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had could differ from that of different folks you already know within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the jap facet of the nation, and in addition fairly north, and I am certain issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is farther south, won’t be fairly the identical. So do not take my expertise for instance of what is taking place in all of China… It is simply my expertise.

My expectations for the Chinese language New Yr celebrations have been the identical as these of the American film years. In lots of movies, the principle characters discover themselves within the Chinese language metropolis of some main American metropolis, simply on the time when the New Yr celebrations are going down. And in these sequences, I might at all times see Many individuals are chanting within the streets Whereas there have been a number of purple lanterns within the sky and The performers create lengthy dragons that transfer round, Whereas some ritual songs are performed within the background. I used to be particularly curious to see the dragons present. And I am nonetheless curious that none of this occurred.

I simply needed to see this…

The festivities right here have been a lot completely different than I anticipated. To start with, I get it More often than not, it’s about spending some high quality time with your loved ones members. It is not about severe events, or issues like that, it is extra about getting dwelling, making ready for celebrations with your loved ones, cooking with them, consuming with them, and simply having fun with your private connections. It is not even about doing loopy issues with your loved ones, like bungee leaping, it is nearly being collectively. It’s kind of like Christmas for us Italians: You keep along with your family members, eat loads, and provides presents to one another. I served some good meals to my hosts, and so they gave me again the beautiful toy bunny you see within the profile image. And identical to at Christmas, normal actions will not be so necessary. I requested in regards to the dragon present and was instructed that generally Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new 12 months, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and normally, Dragons don’t play a related function right here. Rattling, this has shattered my desires.

Then I acquired it Meals can be crucial. Once I acquired dwelling within the early afternoon, the dad and mom of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that isn’t normally out there outdoors. I do know slightly Chinese language, however I am not expert sufficient to have the ability to keep a full household dialog, so Wherever I do not know what to say, I ate issues. As they talked a lot, and understood so little, I spent the entire afternoon consuming an excessive amount of. I had already eaten sufficient when dinner was prepared, and it was filled with scrumptious home made Chinese language meals, this I ate till my abdomen exploded. Whereas I used to be recovering from the trouble, somebody requested me “Would you want some sweets?”. I might actually explode, however I am Italian, and I am unable to say no when somebody gives me some candy meals. So I am used to My secondary abdomen is simply too dedicated to sweets to eat some wonderful cake.

I am unable to say no to cake, actually (Picture from Reddit)

I used to be like a blowfish mendacity on the couch and my abdomen exploded when the daughter of the household instructed me “Now we’re making dumplings”.

Actually…meals once more??

No, severely, I needed to invoke the Geneva Conference to keep away from making dumplings. However it’s a conventional factor for households in northern China, and saying no could be very offensive, so I helped them make dumplings. I hoped we might make it and go away it on the desk like a ornament, however the steps after that have been cooked and eaten. I used to be given a full plate of meat pies, which have been wonderful. Yesterday I discovered that I even have a 3rd abdomen for dumplings. Which is an efficient factor and will nonetheless turn out to be useful sooner or later.

A part of the dumplings that we’ve got ready. There may be additionally an unique within the type of Italian dumplings

Again on the couch, I believed that every one the meals I ate that day may very well be used to resolve world starvation. And after some time, I acquired a brand new query: “Do you wish to eat some fruit?”.

I am unable to say no

Seems the one dragons I noticed have been in my intestine all evening.

That is what I felt inside for hours

The opposite factor that stunned me was the fireworks. All through the night, folks have been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different related gadgets, everywhere in the metropolis. Once I appeared out the window, I might see that in no matter course I appeared, somebody was in that a part of city blowing one thing up. We additionally launched issues to have a good time the New Yr in Italy, however this was on one other degree: fireworks in all places, all evening lengthy. Once I went out to gentle some sparklers myself too (to keep away from consuming for 10 minutes), There was a continuing noise of explosions… It was like being in a battle zone. I have been instructed that the extent of fireworks remains to be underwhelming when in comparison with 5 years in the past… And if that’s disappointing, I am unable to think about the explosions previously. I have been instructed that doing bangs is conventional to keep at bay evil spirits for the brand new 12 months, so it is a part of the festivities.

One thing I didn’t anticipate in any respect was that folks would gentle bonfires on the road sides and burn a particular form of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship them some form of present. There’s a big day devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here have been nonetheless doing this ritual on New Yr’s Eve as a result of it’s a crucial day. I did not take an image of the disrespect of this intimate second, however in any case it was one thing very distinctive to me, particularly because the taxi that introduced me dwelling needed to dodge a couple of of them.

The TV is about to CCTV 1, which is the principle TV channel right here. There was a TV present devoted to the brand new 12 months, with some enjoyable sketches and a few conventional songs and ballets. The issue is that it is already onerous for me to grasp Chinese language, and this present did not even have subtitles, so I used to be fully misplaced. I appeared on the photos more often than not, however even right here I did not see any dragons. Rattling, they actually needed to make it onerous for me. However in your entire present, I managed to get one joke proper, so at the very least I had amusing. This was a internet optimistic, as a result of I am afraid laughing a lot my abdomen may explode, so Not understanding something saved my life. In Italy, after we have a good time the photo voltaic new 12 months, we normally have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display, nevertheless it seems that within the CCTV present they solely begin counting down when it is -10 seconds to midnight. I WAS TOTALLY COOL WHEN OHMYGODITS10SECONDSNOWWEHAVETOMAKEATOAST. It was as if the firefighters heard the bell and needed to hurry up and go put out some hearth. Emergency mode was activated: I needed to instantly prepare for the celebration.

In the course of the evening I had slightly pleasure. I made a decision to pattern the Chinese language beijiu, which I used to be instructed previously by a few of my mates tasted like gasoline. Consuming a sip from a bottle purchased on the grocery store, I can affirm that it tastes like petrol, and given the worth of gasoline in Italy at current, I believe we should always contemplate it a viable different to place in our automobiles.

Joyful New Yr bunny to all

On the finish of the day, I can inform you that Spending the Lunar New Yr right here was an pleasurable expertise. It was very completely different than I anticipated, extra private and intimate than insanely enjoyable, however I am glad I skilled it. And with that heat in my coronary heart, As soon as once more I want you an exquisite Chinese language New Yr and a Joyful Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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