(Written 12 MN, Feb 17/18,2007)
I gaze out of the bedroom window of our service apartment overlooking downtown Shanghai. The cityscape is covered in a haze created by a combination of fog and smoke from burning fireworks & firecrackers.
Right, left and centre, we seem to be surrounded by rainbow-colored shooting stars exploding to an incessant continuous cacophony of snaps, crackles & booms - explosive retorts from exploding fireworks. It seems neverending, this noise & light show that is welcoming in the Lunar New Year.
I am fascinated by this city, a seemingly foreign & Western Hub in an ancient Oriental country. It reminds meof Hong Kong & Malacca & Penang & Singapore all rolled into one. I look forward to exploring more.
The fireworks are still going off as I write this...and it looks like the city is not going to sleep...not tonight anyway...