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Red #2: Tourist in Your Own Town

Each month I have posted a theme and asked you to join in. For February the theme is RED. I haven’t been getting a lot of participation and asked for suggestions on red post #1. Many readers said keep trying and it may be slow going before it catches on. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I did have some takers this month. Patchwork Ponderings, who has participated before, showed us some RED from The Niagara area in Ontario, Canada. I also had 2 new bloggers visit and post. Debbie had a very cool take on the theme in London, England while Jackie, a fellow Canadian, showed some RED from Toronto, Canada. Visit the orignal RED post (in the comment section) to find their links and check them out. They are worth a peek!

When I first thought of RED I wanted to post something for Chinese New Year, but didn’t have any photos. The other day we were out and I captured this.

Red paper from firecrackers litter the streets.

Red paper from firecrackers litter the streets.

Chinese New Year is the big celebration in China. Some compare it to our Christmas, but I think it is bigger. The holiday lasts 14-15 days. The biggest part of the celebrations take place over 3 days. New Year’s Eve brings loud pops and bangs as firecrackers scare away the evil spirits and bring good luck for the upcoming year.  With pollution at high levels Shanghai was said to limit the amount of fireworks, the much more colourful counterpart of crackers. The newspapers reported less polluting fireworks were also being sold as to still allow the tradition to continue. Despite this New Year’s Eve was still noisy and continued cracks and bangs went on at regular and random intervals for close to 48 hours. Another part of the celebration is a family dinner with all members reuniting. With many migrant workers coming into the city for work, or higher wages it may be the only time they see family. This is not just seeing extended family, but it may be people reuniting with spouses and children.

Chinese New Year involves gifts, but not brightly coloured packages wrapped in bows and coloured patterned paper. Instead crisp bills are placed inside red envelopes. Other gifts often include oranges and sweets like cookies in specially designed gift boxes similar to those we see in shops for Christmas at home. The following photo shows the symbols of Chinese New Year as well as red envelopes hanging on a holiday tree. As far as I know they do not usually decorate tress in the way for the holiday. I think this was more a mix of East and Western cultures done by the local hotel.

Red envolopes and lucky coins with tassels decorated this unique holiday tree.

Red envelopes and lucky coins with tassels decorated this unique holiday tree.

The last photo is to celebrate the start of the olympics. Here are my RED Olympic Canada mittens which I wear here in Shanghai. GO CANADA!

DSC06643There is still time to participate and post something unique, special and RED from where you live. Be a tourist in your own town and share something from where you live. Follow this link to get all the details. Be sure to leave a link back to your post in the comment section of Red #1

Stay tuned…

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Red: Tourist in Your Own Town

Each month I pick a theme and ask you to post a photo of something from where you live to fit the challenge. As February begins so does 2014’s Chinese New Year and for many other parts of the world you may think of Valentines Day and love. What better idea than to show something RED? Maybe you want to show yourself or how other’s paint the town RED. Maybe there is a Valentine or Chinese New Year display where you live to show RED. However you decide post something RED, from wherre you live, before the end of the month.

Very RED tomatoes at the local wet market

Very RED tomatoes at the local wet market

The response to these photo challenges hasn’t been good. 😦 I have had lots of comments and ‘will come back later’ to post, but few have. Any suggestions how to make this a better challenge or how to get more interest would be greatly appreciated.

Traditional RED doors in Shanghai

Traditional RED doors in Shanghai

The rules:

  • post a photo of this month’s theme however you interpret it
  • add a link in your post to this one here so others can join in
  • put a link to your post in the comment section below, so we can find you
  • add RED and Tourist in Your Own Town in your tags and title
  • Snap away and have fun. Be sure to post before the end of February
Expo Building -for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Long after Expo this building remains to be used as a museum.

The RED China Pavilion  -for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Long after Expo this building remains to be used as a museum.

Thanks and stay tuned…

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Hell of a Hike : Beijing Streets

This weekend I have run out of time to post more on Beijing. I don’t want to rush it, so I will leave it for next weekend when I have more time. To hold you over let me post a few pictures I snapped as we walked around the streets of Beijing.

Typical Red Doors with Lion Door Knockers

Typical Red Doors with Lion Door Knockers


Small neigbourhoods tucked behind the ornate doors.

Small neighbourhoods tucked behind big ornate doors.

I am fascinated by these doors… the door knockers and decoration always catch my eye. I was lucky enough to see this one open and sneak a peek inside another world to a whole neighbourhood. All this time I thought it was an entrance to a house, or larger building of some importance, but never did it cross my mind a whole neighbourhood could be tucked behind these closed doors.

Stay tuned for more…

Be sure to check out my 3 previous posts on Beijing …Tian’anmen Square, The Great Wall and the Forbidden City. From this weekend you can also check out my Photo Challenges on Contrast and Up.

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Travel Theme: Red

This week’s photo challenge set out by Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack is RED.

Red is an important colour in China. From last week’s “Capture the Colour” I used this picture taken at a Chinese Tea Ceremony in China. Lots of variations of red.


Local Colour – Blue Berries and Juicy Red Strawberries

This picture may also look familiar. It was from a post I did about Colourful Niagara at a local farmer’s market back home this summer. Juicy red strawberries. YUM!

Check out Where’s my Backpack for more entries or to add your own 🙂
Stay tuned for more… another photo challenge to come and hopefully another post on Cuba!


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