新年快乐！Happy new year! A lunar new year has started and now it is officially the year of the monkey. The Lunar New Years is also known as Spring Festival, because according to their tradition, now spring begins.
As I said in my last post, I spent the holiday in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. On New Year's Eve absolutely everything closed! I expected stores to be closed, I expected restaurants to be closed. It was even ok that museums were closed. But even public parks were closed! Xi'an is one of the top 4 tourist destinations in China and they should think about the tourists. Not only us foreigners were looking for places to go, but many Chinese travelers would show up at the museum, for example, to find it's doors locked. And then, for no reason at all, a mall was open, with absolutely no one in there except the unfortunate people working.
Because everything was closed, it was a resting day. At night, we decided to walk inside the old city walls and check out the local celebrations. Lots of firecrackers, fireworks and people burning stuff for the dead.