Things You Do In China #9: Fireworks

Things you do in China #9: Accept Fireworks

China 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.

They do love firecrackers here in Zhangzhou though. fireworks in china

And in Guilin too – you cannot underestimate the noise these things make at all – check out the video of these ones in Guilin:

What do you think of daytime fireworks in China?

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. Ha – fireworks were everywhere in Thailand too, and with absolutely no accompanying safety precautions. Particularly during festivals, people would just spontaneously set them off right in the middle of crowds. That kind of thing would never fly at home in Canada.

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    • I used to walk down the street in my old city and have to jump out of the way as boxes of fireworks were set off right where I was about to walk! Definitely would be a NO under H&S in the UK too!

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  2. I’m guessing it’s really cheap and really easy to buy fireworks over there?

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    • There are HUGE boxes though I’m not sure they’re that cheap… It’s definitely easy though!

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