Happy Chinese New Year from China!
January 23rd 2012, marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac. We began to celebrate Chinese New Year among the masses at the “Flower Street”. There are 6 flower streets that were erected over night for families to buy their beautiful flowers. Although I normally kill most plants, I love flowers!! The lanterns are up, the streets are full and it is time to party!
It has been raining non-stop and it is COLD! The crowds were down because of the icky weather. But the lights and the flowers still looked amazing!
Some of the beautiful plants available to buy!! I would totally buy this one. So pretty.
This guy just chillin and counting his cash! I wonder how much the flower vendors make during this period. They up the prices of flowers during Chinese New Year.
Pretty flowers for sale!
These are so crazy looking. They are Solanum mammosum. In Chinese it is written as 五代同堂 - wu dai tong tang, meaning Five Generations Living Harmoniously Under One Roof. This would mean a family having great-great grandparents, great grandparents, grandparents, parents and children living harmoniously together in the same household. This would mean longevity, prosperity and happiness for the family. They are really cool looking!
These plants are suppose to keep the mosquitoes away. I might need to get one in the summer.
Guangzhou is known as the flower city.
Dragons are flying above our heads!
We finally bought some flowers and brought them to the dragon!
Let the party begin!
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!