Things you do in China #9: Accept FireworksChina is a crazy place, I’m not going to lie. However, I wouldn’t have spent 23 months here now if I didn’t like it. There are little quirks, just like any country, which will help you to fit in better. I hope to cover some of these in this series of topics!
#9 You accept that fireworks in China are a part of everyday life
My first morning in China I led in bed doing nothing in particular, when all of a sudden *bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.*
Nervously I tread downstairs. I’m still the only person in the house as I’m the first new teacher to arrive in Ordos. I cross over the road to where the Chinese teachers live.
“What’s going on? Is it gunfire?” I tentatively ask, thinking myself stupid for not knowing more about the city than the Wikipedia page (not a lot) and that maybe I’d stepped into the gun capital of China quite by accident.
“No, it’s just fireworks,” came the reply.
Fireworks in China? In the daytime? I thought. But you can’t see them.
That doesn’t seem to matter to the Chinese. They seem to let them off to celebrate any occasion: wedding, birthday, festival and also at any time of the day.
I have to admit, since moving away from Ordos in Inner Mongolia, I’ve not seen so many fireworks during the day, but this is because I am now living in a much more densely populated city, where fireworks are banned, unless you live over the other side of the river and there are hardly any buildings to destroy.
Obviously I have seen fireworks, but not everyday, like I used to hear in Ordos.
And in Guilin too – you cannot underestimate the noise these things make at all – check out the video of these ones in Guilin: