Remembering the Year of the Rat (photos)

Life passed into the Year of the Ox yesterday with little fanfare at Transpacifica headquarters. There were memories, however, of an explosive night in Beijing a year ago as we rang in the Year of the Rat. As a commemoration, I offer these photographs—from a walk by the half-done CCTV tower to a midnight walk across the Caochangdi district of Beijing through a sea of spent explosives.

Happy New Year, everyone! (I’m not going there like everybody else.)

CCTV Tower Progress, Feb. 2008

No Fireworks on Construction Site

Drum and Bell Towers from Frozen Qianhai

Three Shadows Fireworks

After the fireworks, Caochangdi, Beijing


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