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2012年1月28日星期六

中国新年

警告:这是帖子是一点思想的议案。我没有对凝聚力的叙述提出任何要求。只是一些通常关联的想法/个人经历。

中国新年或“春节”,因为它通常在中国召集,是通过中国旅行的有趣时间。一方面,这是一个真正的噩梦,试图去任何地方或做任何事情。它是中国家庭的传统,共同度过假期,近代中国充满了农民工,大学生等人,以及其他住在家庭的其他人。每个人都马上回家,这导致所谓的东西betwayapp春云。Basically, several hundred million people take train trips within a span of a couple of weeks. Logistically, that is amazing. Think about that for a second. Imagine if every man, woman, and child in the United States tried to take a train ride within a two-week period. It would be insane. That's what we have here. It's the biggest annual human migration in the world. The point is, if you are a tourist and you are trying to buy tickets, you have to be prepared for the possibility that all tickets are sold out. Or, in a slightly better scenario, you can get tickets, but they are standing room only tickets.

这是上海火车站在春节前一周多。几天后,这个地方会被包装。

所以旅行是一种痛苦。此外,大多数商店(特别是小的商店)在新的一年内关闭了几天或一周的时间。如果您计划在中国在中国做任何事情,这可能是不方便的。

另一方面,这是一个非常愉快的假期。如果你有愿意在家庭活动中留在家庭活动中的中国朋友,那就特别伟大了。我很幸运能拥有这样的朋友。当莱斯利和我住在中国时,佐伊是我们最好的中国朋友(事实上,她仍然是)。她的家人一直非常热情,这次周围也不例外。她在四天内包括我的事件,其中的亮点是在我们去丈夫家庭村的乡村的村庄时24日(龙年的第二天)。他们早早把我送到半小时车程到村里。这个家庭在村里占据了几个家园(Zoe的婆婆和岳父,俩来自betwayapp村庄,所以这是很多家庭成员),所以我们吃了早餐,午餐和三个独立的房子。所有的家都在家具中是斯betwayapp巴达,用混凝土墙,木材燃烧的炉灶,没有加热。


It was relatively cold out (right around 32 Fahrenheit, I suspect), so many family members and one tall foreigner gathered around a ceramic pot filled with smoldering embers. Each of the three meals was a true feast. We had pork, cabbage, mushrooms, tofu, beef, liver, eggs...all sorts of things. Not to mention, of course, the copious白九and cigarettes that were constantly foisted upon me by all of the male relatives.

Outside of the meals, firecrackers were lit, mahjong was played, and good company was had. I should also note that this was an important year to visit this family because a family member (one of Zoe's father-in-law's brothers) had died, so everybody had to make an extra effort to visit this year. An interesting cultural note is that most families in China hang red banners around their doors for the new year, to bring good luck on all of the inhabitants in the coming year and (theoretically) ward off evil spirits.


这些红横幅现在几乎每扇门都挂在中国。然而,如果一个家庭成员在过去的一年里死亡,那么家庭将这意味着黄色横幅。这是死者曾经过的房子的外面:


因为我骑在城市之间的列车上,我看过更多这些。这是一个思想和安静的方式来表示家庭的困境。

所以,正如我所说,中国新年是一个混合袋,而不是是否是访问中国的正确时间。难以迁移到这个国家或做任何事情,但你有机会听到biwei体育app在城市的每个角落里一次听到成千上万的烟花和鞭炮(想象一下,除了每个家庭都会出现他们自己的烟火)。如果你像我一样幸运,你将有机会看到中国的不同方面比你的不同。在我的书中,判决在“是的,这是有适当的时候”。只要你知道你进入了什么,这是一个令人难以置信的特殊体验 - 一个人在世界上六分之一的人口庆祝。