At this time has began the 12 months of the Rabbit in line with many Asian cultures, so I need to want you all a fantastic new lunar 12 months! I hope it would carry you all luck, success, enjoyable, cash, good well being, high quality time with the individuals you’re keen on, intercourse (hopefully a top quality one, too), and no matter you dream of getting.
You recognize that this has been the primary 12 months I’ve really celebrated the Chinese language new 12 months in China, so I need to take this event to inform you how has been my expertise. So sure, as we speak I received’t converse with you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals… that are rather more attention-grabbing. The lifetime of the journey blogger is rather more pleasant than the one of many VR blogger, perhaps I ought to contemplate altering my career 🙂
Earlier than telling you about my expertise I simply need to make clear that China is a gigantic and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise I lived might differ from the one in all different individuals you realize within the nation. I’m in Qingdao, which is on the East facet of the nation, additionally fairly on the North, and I’m certain that issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is within the far South, might not be completely the identical. So don’t take my expertise for example of what occurs in the entire China… it’s simply my expertise.
My expectations for the Chinese language New 12 months celebrations had been the identical that years of American motion pictures gave me. In lots of motion pictures, the primary characters discover themselves within the China City of some huge American metropolitan metropolis, in the mean time when there are celebrations for the brand new 12 months. And in these sequences, I might at all times see many individuals cheering within the streets whereas there have been a variety of purple lanterns within the sky and performers creating lengthy dragons that transfer round, whereas some ritual songs play within the background. I used to be particularly curious to see the dragons’ present. And I’m nonetheless curious as a result of nothing of this occurred.
The celebrations right here have been a lot totally different than I anticipated. Initially, I understood that more often than not, it’s nearly spending some high quality time with the individuals of your loved ones. It isn’t about partying onerous, or issues like that, it’s extra about returning dwelling, making ready the celebrations with your loved ones, cooking with them, consuming with them, and simply having fun with your private connections. It isn’t even about doing loopy issues with your loved ones, like bungee leaping, it’s nearly being collectively. It’s a bit like Christmas for us Italians: you keep along with your beloved ones, you eat rather a lot, and also you make items to one another. I gifted some good meals to my hosts, and so they gifted me again the beautiful rabbit toy that you just see within the profile image. And precisely like in our Christmas, public actions usually are not tremendous necessary. I requested in regards to the dragons’ present and I’ve been informed that typically town of Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new 12 months, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and often, dragons don’t play a related position right here. Rattling, this shattered my goals.
Then, I obtained that meals is essential, too. Once I arrived on the home within the early afternoon, the dad and mom of the household began to make me style some Chinese language meals that’s often not obtainable overseas. I do know a little bit of Chinese language, however I’m not expert sufficient to have the ability to maintain an entire household dialog, so wherever I didn’t know what to say, I simply ate stuff. Since they spoke rather a lot, and I understood little or no, I simply spent the entire afternoon consuming rather a lot. I had already eaten sufficient when then dinner was prepared, and it was filled with scrumptious do-it-yourself Chinese language meals, that I ate till my abdomen was exploding. Whereas I used to be recovering from this effort, somebody requested me “Would you like some sweeties?”. I used to be actually exploding, however I’m Italian, and I can’t say no when somebody affords me some candy meals. So I used my secondary abdomen devoted to desserts to eat some great muffins.
I used to be actually like a pufferfish, laying on the couch with my two stomachs exploding when the daughter of the household informed me “now we make dumplings”.
No, critically, I wished to invoke the Geneva conference to keep away from making ready the dumplings. However it’s a conventional factor of the households of Northern China, and saying no could be fairly offensive, so I helped them in making the dumplings. I hoped that we might simply make them and depart them on the desk like ornament, however the steps after have been cooking them and consuming them. I’ve so been given a full dish of meat dumplings, which had been great. Yesterday I’ve so found that I’ve additionally a 3rd abdomen devoted to dumplings. Which is an effective factor and will show to nonetheless be helpful sooner or later.
Again to the couch, I assumed that each one the meals I ate that day might be used to resolve world starvation. And after some time, I acquired a brand new query: “Do you need to eat some fruit?”.
Seems to be that the one dragons I noticed had been those in my intestines for the entire evening.
One other factor that struck me was the fireworks. The entire night there have been individuals exploding firecrackers, fireworks, and different related stuff, in all components of town. Wanting outdoors the window, I might see that in no matter course I seemed, there was somebody in that a part of town exploding one thing. We additionally fireplace up stuff to have a good time the brand new 12 months in Italy, however this was at one other stage: fireworks in all places, the entire evening. Once I went outdoors to gentle some sparkles myself too (to keep away from consuming for 10 minutes), there was a relentless noise of explosions… it was like being in a warzone. I’ve been informed that truly, the extent of fireworks was nonetheless underwhelming if in comparison with 5 years in the past… and if that’s underwhelming, I can’t think about the bombings taking place up to now. I’ve been informed that making explosions is a conventional factor to repel evil spirits for the brand new 12 months, so it’s all a part of the celebrations.
One thing I wasn’t completely anticipating was the individuals turning on fires within the sides of the road and burning a particular type of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship some form of items to them. There’s a special occasion devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here had been nonetheless doing this ritual on the New 12 months’s Eve as a result of it’s an important day. I’ve not taken an image to not disrespect this intimate second, nevertheless it was anyway one thing fairly distinctive for me to see, particularly as a result of the taxi that returned me dwelling needed to dodge just a few of them.
The TV was set on CCTV 1, which is the primary tv Channel right here. There was a TV present devoted to the brand new 12 months, with some enjoyable sketches, some conventional songs, and ballets. The issue is that it’s already onerous for me to know Chinese language, and this present didn’t even have subtitles, so I used to be like completely misplaced. I seemed on the pictures more often than not, however even right here I did spot no dragons. Rattling, they actually wished to make it onerous for me. However in the entire present, I managed to get one joke, so at the least I had amusing. This was a internet constructive, as a result of I’m afraid that laughing an excessive amount of my stomach might explode, so not understanding something saved my life. In Italy once we have a good time the photo voltaic new 12 months, we often have a counter of the time on a regular basis displayed on the display, nevertheless it seems that on the CCTV present they begin counting down solely when it’s -10 seconds from midnight. I used to be completely chill when OHMYGODITS10SECONDSNOWWEHAVETOMAKEATOAST. It was like when firefighters hear the bell and so they need to rush and go to extinguish some fireplace. Emergency mode activated: I needed to put together instantly to have a good time.
At midnight I had a bit of cheer. I made a decision to style the Chinese language baijiu liquor, which I used to be informed up to now by some pals of mine that tastes like gasoline. Consuming a sip of a bottle of it purchased on the grocery store, I can verify that it tastes like gasoline, and contemplating the value of the gas these days in Italy, I feel we should always contemplate it as a sound substitute to place in our automobiles.
On the finish of day, I can inform you that spending the lunar new 12 months right here was a nice expertise. Completely totally different from the one I anticipated, it was extra private and intimate than one in all loopy enjoyable, however I really feel completely satisfied of getting lived it. And with this heat in my coronary heart, I want you once more an exquisite new Chinese language 12 months and a contented Sunday! And I hope you will note some dragons, too…
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