From the moment I got off the plane until the time I left 4 days later, the city was filled with the snap, crackle and pop of millions of blackcats, mortars, roman candles, and who knows what else.
The sky was littered with every shade of gold and silver and green and red. It was, without a doubt, the most impressive display I’ve ever seen. This video captures a bit of the majesty , but it won’t leave you quite as deaf as the real thing…
However, it’s not quite a great as…
Fortunately, I traveled with a very old and very wise man named Elder Joel, who had heard tales of government trained blind masseuses that would ease our pain and give us the best massages of our life.
To be fair, I’ve only had an average of 1 massage for every 10 years of life, but this one easily blew the others away. Also you got free cherry tomatoes with the rub down. Now that’s service.
Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the Peking Duck scene in a Christmas Story, and they didn’t sing us Deck the Halls either, but they did serve us the most delicious bird that probably ever existed. And after waking up from my food coma I found myself in the middle of...
Nowadays, the palace is open for exploration, and if you can avoid the hundreds of vendors, as well as the people offering “Free Art Exhibitions” in one of the side rooms (which I’m pretty sure is a euphemism for something I don’t want to think about), it makes for an awesome tour.
So instead, we hit up a Chinese acrobatics show and promptly had our minds blown. 20 girls riding a bike at once, skeletons flipping off each other’s shoulders, a scorpion king scaling the height of the stage, and, inexplicably, a creepy clown watching it all through a giant magnifying glass from the side of the stage. What a show!
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Happy New Years!