Gaudy and Gorgeous: Yuexiu Lanterns

My phone screen lit up, a message from my Chinese friend briefly lighting up the screen ‘元宵节快乐!Happy Yuan Xiao Festival.' A cute picture of a dog dancing with a lantern hanging off its paw accompanied her holiday greetings on the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday. Yuan Xiao is a 2,000-year-old holiday in... Continue Reading →

Discovering Delightful Lotus Hill

Oh how I love Chinese New Year, a festival that has blown out the cobwebs in Guangzhou, brought sweet rain and fresh air, and given the grimiest street corner to most sparkling skyscraper a new clarity and shine. Chinese New Year festivities last 15 days, beginning on the first day of the new moon and... Continue Reading →

Memories of Hanoi

As I reflect on my experience celebrating Chinese New Year in Guangzhou this past week, I've been contemplating the many times I've felt nervous and overwhelmed by crowded places and local customs only to find joy outside of my comfort zone. I carry my past experiences with me as I continue to delve into the... Continue Reading →

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