Friday, February 20, 2009
The Year of the OX
We arrived in Shanghai just in time for the beginning of the Chinese New Year. We were stranded here for a few days before we were able to travel back to Jingdezhen due to the Holiday, so we took the opportunity to see all of the New Years decorations. This year is the year of the ox, in various places among the city large gold ox statues were displayed as a Christmas tree would be in America. The Chinese make every effort to make it home to their families during this time to wish them well in the New Year. Many stores and restaurants are closed from one week up to a month. People enjoy their break by cleaning their homes, buying new clothing, and visiting friends and relatives to wish them a healthy and wealthy New Year.