28 Photos Later: Day 19 in China

Welcome to Day 19 of “28 Photos Later”.

car number plate T4119

It’s Chinese New Year.  So my “19” is hidden in the Shanghai car number plate above.  You can tell it’s from Shanghai because the 沪 character denotes the region.

And today’s photo is “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.  This balloon adorned my apartment in Shanghai for one Spring Festival.  The characters offer a traditional New Year greeting and wish for prosperity –  “Gong Xi Fa Cai!”

gongxifacai balloon

In my half-hearted attempts to continue studying just a little bit of Chinese, I sometimes read John Pasden’s Sinosplice blog.  This week John gave us a link to “Spring Festival Wishes from Around China”.  There are 15 audio clips of Chinese people wishing each other a Happy New Year.  The Beijing clip has an audible “r”; the Shanghai Chongming Island clip honestly sounds like someone I know in Shanghai; but the best one is the super-enthusiastic man from Luzhou, Sichuan. Click on the link and enjoy, even if you don’t know a word of Chinese.

“Spring Festival Wishes from Around China”


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Been missing any sliver of Chinese NY this year… hard to find on a beach in Goa! 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Now you’re making me jealous. Enjoy the beach!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’ve got the sunburn to prove it!! And that’s with 85 sunblock?! Yeah… I have three colours – pasty white, lobster red and occasionally golden dusting of freckles!

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  2. We only had hot pot at a other family during New Year. That is all the Chinese things we had, was a bit boring this year…but well we are still getting to know more people here 🙂

    Happy New Year to you


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Hot pot is great. And I’m sure by next year you will have lots of friends there.

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  3. Andrew says:

    We skyped last night to say Kung hei fat choy but otherwise it has been our first year without a proper lunar new year celebration. Chinese accents must be more varied than British!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      If you are really homesick, come to London on Sunday for “the largest Chinese New Year celebration in the world outside Asia.”
      I only know about this because my local council sent me an email about road closures!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kim in Fiji says:

    Happy Year of the Goat!


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