Monday, October 19, 2009

Fireworks Galore!

We are in the 'golden' period' for Beijing, where the weather is dry and sunny by day. Following the Oct 1st 60th birthday celebrations, the festive spirit has continued with the China Open 2009 (tennis), the Beijing International Marathon, the 12th Beijing Music Festival, Ditan Book Fair and Fragrant Hills Autumn Leaves Festival. No wonder the airport these days is unusually busy as more tourists come and go.

There have been a couple of wonderful fireworks displays this month: the October 1st celebrations and the 11th National Games which opened recently in Jinan. They reminded  me of the much grander 2008 Olympics, when I was lucky enough to go to the closing ceremony. (But I didn't get in to the opening ceremony where the fireworks alone cost over 1 million USD).

Fireworks are an old Chinese invention. However, the technology continues to develop, with compressed air launching and computerised ignition. They have even become green with minimal smoke emission. The displays get more and more sophisticated, coming in multiple colours and in 3D. We can even see more complicated designs such as smileys and dragons.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy. The next chance for you to see fireworks may not be until Chinese New Year next February. Got any plans for Valentine's Day yet?

1 comment:

  1. Nice shots. After seeing the fireworks displays in China, all other fireworks will be forever boring.