Celebrating Chinese New Year for the First Time

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God is so good and I can express only thankfulness to all He has provided this January. After twenty years, something amazing happened and I was able to celebrate Chinese New Year for the first time in Shanghai with my family. He brought me to home in time for the one rare week of the year in China when relatives and friends from across cities, provinces, borders are brought back together.31788059114_ce7f27f79f_k_zpsfouvb3xd

And of course being me, I accidentally left my camera behind when coming across the extravagantly decorated Cheng Huang Miao (City God Temple of Shanghai) that lights up every night for the new year holiday.  😦 31788066104_9e4ce06012_k_zpsvkjvngriNevertheless, Cheng Huang Miao was more beautiful and crowded than ever with everybody wearing headbands with little chickens to celebrate the new year of the rooster.

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“Gold pieces” strung up to encourage good fortune, wealth, and luck for the new year.

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Across the waters, colorful statues told the story and legacy of Chinese New Year.

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I’ve been to Cheng Huang Miao so many times in the past but never have I seen it so decorated and alive with people (so many people packed onto the bridge with their cellphone cameras and friends and family ahh)

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Sugar-glazed hawthorne berries on a stick – childhood nostalgia, there is nothing better than this on a cold winter’s eve.  🙂 31819340523_bec420a73b_k_zps6ketlm5n

The store fronts were all lit up with lights and cute kissing fish and other festive animals and flower balloons.

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My cousin worked for a chain of stores in Cheng Huang Miao and was able to show us around to shops selling qipao with a modern flair and traditional jewelry.32508637981_c7bd3a4dfb_k_zpszidswbep

Every corner, every avenue was glowing with lights and lanterns.

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The center of Cheng Huang Miao was crowded with visitors waiting for the giant rooster to illuminate and start crowing. My aunt and I eagerly waited, peaking our heads out above the sea of people and cameras and soon joined in with the cheers of the public.

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