We woke to overcast skies and rain in Hangzhou today. It’s not yet the rainy season, so we are getting an early taste of what to expect. We were forewarned, so we both came prepared with rain coats. It added to our challenge for the day. We were on our way to the Hangzhou Foreign Language School for Char’s orientation. We had to take the bus, which involves changing buses mid-trip. It’s about a 45- to 50-minute ride. We practiced the day before, and the trip on Monday was a little less stressful. We’re learning.
Monday marked the end of the Chinese New Year celebration (Year of the Dragon). It was the last day citizens are allowed to set off fireworks, and set off fireworks they did. It truly sounded like a battle zone for at least two or three hours. And these explosions were not the weenie fireworks that get set off in neighborhoods over the Fourth of July; they were major bombs. Yikes! We went outside briefly at night. Smoke all over the place from the explosions. What an experience.