Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

At this time started the Yr of the Rabbit in keeping with many Asian culturesso I need 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 individuals you’re keen on, intercourse (and hopefully good too) and no matter you dream up.

have you learnt that This was the primary yr that I really celebrated Chinese language New Yr in China, so I want to take this event to let you know 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 far more attention-grabbing. The lifetime of a journey blogger is extra attention-grabbing than the lifetime of a VR blogger, possibly I ought to take into account a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I let you know about my expertise, I simply need to level out that China is a big and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had could differ from that of different individuals you understand within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the japanese aspect of the nation, and likewise fairly north, and I am positive 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 primary characters discover themselves within the Chinese language metropolis of some main American metropolis, simply on the time when the New Yr celebrations are happening. And in these sequences, I may 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 wished 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 critical events, or issues like that, it is extra about getting house, 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 together with your family members, eat loads, and provides items to one another. I served some good meals to my hosts, they usually gave me again the stunning toy bunny you see within the profile image. And identical to at Christmas, basic actions will not be so essential. I requested concerning the dragon present and was informed that generally Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new yr, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and often, Dragons don’t play a related function right here. Rattling, this has shattered my goals.

Then I acquired it Meals can also be essential. Once I acquired house within the early afternoon, the mother and father of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that’s not often out there outdoors. I do know a little bit 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 stuffed 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 would actually explode, however I am Italian, and I am unable to say no when somebody presents me some candy meals. So I am used to My secondary abdomen is just too dedicated to sweets to eat some superb 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 informed me “Now we’re making dumplings”.

Actually…meals once more??

No, severely, I wished 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 may 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 superb. Yesterday I came upon 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 now we have ready. There may be additionally an unique within the type of Italian dumplings

Again on the couch, I assumed that each 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 need 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 shocked me was the fireworks. All through the night, individuals have been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different comparable objects, all around the metropolis. Once I regarded out the window, I may see that in no matter path I regarded, somebody was in that a part of city blowing one thing up. We additionally launched issues to have fun the New Yr in Italy, however this was on one other stage: fireworks in every single place, all evening lengthy. Once I went out to mild some sparklers myself too (to keep away from consuming for 10 minutes), There was a relentless noise of explosions… It was like being in a conflict zone. I have been informed that the extent of fireworks continues 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 informed that doing bangs is conventional to thrust back evil spirits for the brand new yr, so it is a part of the festivities.

One thing I didn’t count on in any respect was that folks would mild bonfires on the road sides and burn a particular type of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship them some type of reward. There’s a special occasion 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 essential 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 for the reason that taxi that introduced me house needed to dodge just a few of them.

The TV is ready to CCTV 1, which is the primary TV channel right here. There was a TV present devoted to the brand new yr, 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 utterly misplaced. I regarded on the photos more often than not, however even right here I did not see any dragons. Rattling, they actually wished to make it onerous for me. However in your entire present, I managed to get one joke proper, so not less than I had amusing. This was a internet constructive, as a result of I am afraid laughing a lot my abdomen may explode, so Not understanding something saved my life. In Italy, once we have fun the photo voltaic new yr, we often have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display screen, 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 midst of the evening I had a little bit pleasure. I made a decision to pattern the Chinese language beijiu, which I used to be informed previously by a few of my mates tasted like gasoline. Ingesting 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 take into account it a viable different to place in our vehicles.

Comfortable New Yr bunny to all

On the finish of the day, I can let you know that Spending the Lunar New Yr right here was an gratifying 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 Comfortable Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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