Visiting Relatives during Spring Festival

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Went to play Catan with some good friends in Beijing, it was a lot of fun, and I’m officially hooked (read more about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Settlers_of_Catan)

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I got home for Chinese New Year Eve, this year my parents are also in China.  My mom boiled some dumplings when I got home, a tradition on Chinese New Year’s eve

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After years, they are still happy.  Something many will die for…

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Next day is the Chinese New Year, we found the bus empty on our way to visit our relatives.

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I got a lot of relatives, mostly people, even those around my age, are actually generations above me.. The “uncle” who is 3 years younger than me sits not far from here…

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Those kids are actually my generation, they are not my niece, they are my cousins…

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and the tiny dog

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kids and their mothers (who grew up with me)

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me and my “cousins”

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Playing house

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They lined up to play games with their mothers

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Don’t be afraid of the little dog, it won’t bite.

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And all sorts of dishes on the dinner table…unless you loved cooking, being a woman is not very fun during Chinese New Year, you are locked to the kitchen and laundry most of the time…

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It seemed that Chinese will not take down their Christmas trees for a long time, even during Valentine’s Day, they just put up more Valentine decorations on the tree…

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Visited a sports shop and found these girls stringing tennis rackets in the shop

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Found a very lavished bookshop near my residence.  In the very center it was separated into two floors, the upper attic is a section with all the traditional books bounded traditionally.

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Just the other day I was missing my thousand islands, now I knew what they are called in Chinese…

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