Part 2: Chinese New Year 2012 – People

Did any of you make it to the Chinese New Year festivities on Sunday? If not, there’s photos of the colourful atmosphere in yesterday’s post. Today, my favourite: photos of the people, not necessarily Chinese, but anyone my camera happened to fall upon while walking around! And just for fun, some Chinese proverbs to mull over on a Tuesday morning.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.

Dig the well before you are thirsty.

Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.

Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

He who asks is a fool for five minutes. He who doesn’t ask remains a fool forever.

He who is drowned is not troubled by the rain.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

If you do not want anyone to know, don’t do it.

Not until just before dawn do people sleep best; not until people get old do they become wise.

Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

The palest ink is better than the best memory.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

When you drink the water, remember the spring.

When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.

A single day of sub-zero temperature is not enough to create three feet of ice.

The old horse in the stable still yearns to run 1000 miles.

When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter.

Not only can water float a boat, it can sink it also.

A spark can start a fire that burns the entire prairie.

Only when there is no road left does one finally feel despair.

If one does not plow, there will be no harvest.

Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as travelling ten thousand miles.

Early bird gets the worm.

Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Part 1: Chinese New Year 2012 – Atmosphere

London always puts on a colourful festive Chinese New Year celebration. Makes for some great photo opportunities. I went down to watch the parade yesterday, eat a steamed chicken bun and soak up the atmosphere. Everywhere you walk you hear the snap snap snap of children throwing snappers at the ground. Rainbow coloured dragons on sticks. Steam rising from street food stalls. Lettuce hanging in doorways to start the year afresh.

Here are a few photos of the decorations and atmosphere:

Tomorrow: Photos of the people I took during Chinese New Year celebrations…stay tuned!