Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in China it is the equivalent as Christmas in the West.
This week is Chinese New Year and it is one of the few peaceful times in Beijing. All shops and restaurants are closed. There is a long holiday and very few people are working. Most of the people who live in Beijing come here from other cities and countries. They go back home for the Chinese New Year to spend some quality time with their families. There aren’t many cars or people on the roads and streets. Being so quiet it is a good for riding a bicycle to explore the city with my friends. Whilst we were out riding i took some pictures to show you how peaceful was it.
I don’t go back to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year very often. I think the Hong Kongnese do not treat the Chinese New Year with the same importance as the Chinese. In Parts of Hong Kong it is even busier than normal days, none festival days. Many shops and restaurants open till midnight, it is so crowned on the streets. Everybody is busy shopping, gathering and seeing friends and families. It’s very different to Beijing.
Beijing – Incredibly quiet here.
It was not easy to find a restaurant open for lunch. After an hour riding we found a classic Sì Chuān restaurant. At that time, nothing is better than having a hot bowl of soup noodles after a long bicycle ride in cold Beijing.
I surprised to find a blue wall on the way back from the restaurant. Blue is not a good colour in China – the Chinese think it brings bad luck. But I always like blue and it is one of my favourite colours. I think it worked well with my outfit.