The #Shanghai Bund

#Shanghai Bund! All lit up – it just #shines
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Elephant Mountain!

We climbed Elephant Mountain 😡 πŸ’€ I stopped counting after 400 stairs – I have since died of stair death. πŸ‘» I am just a ghost now. . . . But seriously! πŸ‘πŸ” It was the nicest time I’ve had in a while. We didn’t get there until after 6 and it was already way dark. I was worried it would be full of drunks / creeps / make-out sessions. It wasn’t! We kept running into the nicest people! Everyone was encouraging each other. Ran into a group of about 15 #Indonesia students there for someone’s birthday. Then a group of #Korean boys. Then some westerners. A #Chinese girl who was posing for a billion pictures with the help of a #Philippine boy who was great about trying different shots and so patient. Then a sweet #Philippine boy walked us down – he’s just finished a contract in Japan. Everyone was just telling each other ‘you can do it! You’re almost there!’ This is what ‘coming together’ and ‘community’ should look like. ❀️❀️ Made me fall in love with humanity again.

Lanterns in the Water

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City Sidewalks, Brilliant Sidewalks

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Mr. Jazz the Snowman

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Christmas Light Show

Happy Β Chinese #LanternFestival!

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Happy Lantern Festival!  Tonight is the night (15 days after #ChineseNewYear ) when the Chinese light paper lanterns and send them up to the sky.  
My picture wasn’t very good 😭 I’ll post a better one later. But the #moon sure was pretty! Here in Zhengzhou, we have the highest smog records for the country, so the moon is a rare night.  Today was perfect for the festival! Clear skies, brisk air, and a good wind. πŸ˜„ 
Wishing you all the best and a great upcoming year! πŸ€

#China #travel #festival, #traditions #lifeabroad #international