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    Yep, it's Chinese New Year again.

    Honestly, words cannot describe the scene. There has been a constant rumbling of explosions for the last 6 hours. Every imaginable type of firecrackers and fireworks is here. Some are powerful enough to break windows if they detonated closely. Car alarms all across the city have been set off but you cannot here them for the rolling thunder.

    The streets are littered with shredded paper. Visibility is very limited do to the smoke. Really, words cannot describe it.

    What's funny is that it is illegal but almost everystreet corner has vendors selling every imaginable type of fireworks. The police are out in full force patrolling but what can they do? How do you arrest millions of people?

    Just to give you a better idea of the scale, consider this:

    More that 1 in 5 Chinese will be setting off fireworks tonight. The city I'm in has an est. pop. of 10,000,000. That's more than 2,000,000 people. To add to this, each person spends a lot and buys many various types. It's easy to say that there will be more than 10,000,000 explosions in this city alone.

    I really wish you guys could experience this, just once.

    Anyway, Happy Chinese New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le!
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    How is the chinese food in China ? Anything like chinese food in the west ?
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    Originally posted by ViktorViktor:
    How is the chinese food in China ? Anything like chinese food in the west ?
    Funny you should ask that. One of the reasons I chose to relocate to China was that I loved Chinese food in Canada. From the day I arrived to about a month after, it was all KFC and McDonalds.

    The food is nothing like what you find in the west. I've been here about 6.5 years and still dislike real Chinese food in general. Of course, we all have different tastes. I strongly dislike fat, bone, skin, or oil in my food. Take that out of real Chinese food and you're left with a mouthful of raw meat and a dish of uncooked vegetables.

    I have met expats that like real Chinese food but these are the sort of people who'll eat almost anything and are adventurous when it comes to food.
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    I'm shocked. 1 billions chinamen popping off 1 firecracker each is a whole lot of pollution. This communist ploy to dominate world weather patterns must be stopped! Its global warming man. GLOBAL WARMING!!!11
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    Ha ha ha, Baldie, my eyes are still burning from the sulfur smoke. Earlier today, as we were walking, my wife asked if it would have any effect of the environment. At this time there were very few fireworks being set off since it was still daylight so I told her "I don't think so". But now, after seeing this in fullswing, I'd say it definitely has an environmental effect as an increase in air pollution.
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    Happy Year of the Fire-Pig, all!
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    My wife told me that they announced on TV today that Chinese believe to have a baby during "pig year" is lucky.

    Should we begin a population census now?
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    The chinese friends i have here are also celebrating the chinese new year. Good for them, they don't go out firing firecrackers, just eat some chinese food they made for themselves and watch a new year program from TV through internet. Good for them, because even though there are plenty of them, i doubt they could overwhelm the finnish police force just yet

    Plus there's always finns out drinking... drunken finns + celebrating chinese = bad things (though only if a firecracker would happen to break someones beer bottle or such... better not take a chance)
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    Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
    I have met expats that like real Chinese food but these are the sort of people who'll eat almost anything and are adventurous when it comes to food.
    I agree in general, pop chinese food is sometimes difficult to swallow, but yet better than KFC or MacDo!

    I liked sometimes chinese food during my business stays, but it is related with location: some regions do have a better cooking, and some classics based on duck or fish are usually excellent. Nothing to do with Italian or French cooking anyway, at least for my western taste!

    Regards,
    Insuber
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    Originally posted by JFC_Rautaristi:
    The chinese friends i have here are also celebrating the chinese new year. Good for them, they don't go out firing firecrackers, just eat some chinese food they made for themselves and watch a new year program from TV through internet. Good for them, because even though there are plenty of them, i doubt they could overwhelm the finnish police force just yet

    Plus there's always finns out drinking... drunken finns + celebrating chinese = bad things (though only if a firecracker would happen to break someones beer bottle or such... better not take a chance)
    My wife's best friend married a British guy that's been in Finland for many years. She's living there now.

    I can't imagine two environments, and possibly two cultures, any more different from each other.
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