Spring Festival is about one of the only times where almost all Chinese people have a long vacation. Everyone goes back home to visit their family and celebrate the coming of the new year. I celebrated the new year on the balcony of my friend Emily's 平房(ping2fang2). A ping fang is a house usually found in the old neighborhoods of Beijing. The literal translation is "level apartment(s)" and what they mean by it is that the majority of the houses are one or two stories, and so when it comes to height the whole neighborhood is more or less at the same level.
the balcony of our pretty little apartment
a firework about to explode in houhai 后海
setting off fireworks at Emily's house
the view from Emily's 平房 (ping2fang2)