It’s Begining to Look a Lot Like Spring Festival

It’s that time of year: time for red paper lanterns, pictures of this year’s zodiac mascot (the rabbit), orange trees, and envelopes full of lucky money. Yup, it’s time for Spring Festival; also known as Chinese New Year.

…which feels a lot like Christmas to these two expats. There are decorations and sales everywhere and the symbol of the season (orange trees) decorated with lights and red envelopes. It’s a really beautiful time to be in China, and the best part is the most Christmas-like feeling of them all: vacation!

We spent our first day of vacay in a pleasant mix of lounging around, cleaning, visiting with friends, and heading to a Chinese New Year tradition: the Tian He Flower Fair.

As you might imagine, a necessary way to usher in the Spring Festival is with flowers… lots of them! So I dragged Ben to the Flower Fair to check out this lovely- and massive- selling of flowers. I have to say, it’s the best Guangzhou has ever smelt. Surprisingly, we didn’t buy any flowers at the fair. Or any of the other things they were selling; apparently the alternate name for the Flower Fair is the Flower (and random crap to buy for your kid) Fair. But even without the fun of bartering, it was a really beautiful and nice way to spend a warm and sunny afternoon on a day off.

Ben and I at the TianHe Flower Fair

Day 1 of the vacay done. Now what to do with the rest of this rare glance at freedom?

See China? Out of the question… Chinese people consider it to be absolutely necessary to be with their families on Chinese New Year which makes traveling China absolutely nuts. Like, standing room only on an 18-hour train ride.

So should we hang out in Guangzhou? Nah, we’ve got all year to hang out in Guangzhou.

So what about the rest of Southeast Asia? Ok, sounds good.

How about a tropical paradise? Sounding better…

How about Thailand? SOLD!

So from 1 February til 7 February we’ll be in Thailand enjoying UNESCO World Heritage sites and lazing on beaches for pennies.

Have I mentioned I love my life?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elisa Kich
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:21:41

    Hey Katie! I´m in Guangzhou too. i would like to go to this Flower Fair in Tianhe, but i dont know where it is. Could you tell me please??
    Thank you so much!



    • katiekat86
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:33:38

      The Flower Fair is at TianHe Sports Center (across from Grandview Mall) so you can take the metro to Tiyu Xilu and it’ll be right across the street. Or you could take almost any BRT bus. I think it closes after 2 February.
      Good luck!


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