Hi folks. I’ll be taking a bit of a hiatus here for the next couple weeks, as I’ll be heading back to the in-laws’ place (way up north where there is no internet) for Spring Festival, and then shortly after that, flying down to Singapore for a week for work. Hopefully everyone has a safe and pleasant holiday.
The new year doesn’t actually start until 12 AM on the 23rd, of course (Sunday night/Monday AM), but here are a few things to keep you busy until then:
- If you’re looking for some Spring Festival-related reading, our archives have some interesting stuff. For China newbies, there’s The Story of Spring Festival, complete with illustrations. The safety-conscious might be interested in this piece on how safe (or not) Spring Festival really is. Motorcycle enthusiasts may enjoy this story about the Chunyun Motorcycle Army, although sadly the pictures seem to have died. And finally, the cynical and/or violent may enjoy this incredible and subversive Spring Festival video from last year.
- If you’re interested in what it’s like celebrating Spring Festival with a large family in rural China, you can follow me on Twitter (@ChinaGeeks). For as long as my batteries and service hold up (bringing a charger, of course, but you never know), I’ll be trying to tweet about the experience. However, I’ll be posting to Twitter via SMS, so I won’t be able to see any questions or messages until after I return to the land of internet and VPN access.
- If you’re not aware of it already, you can always check out the official website for the documentary film we’re making about kidnapped children in China. I’ll be working on the writing of that a bit too over the break, and may tweet some updates.
- I missed the actual day, again, but for those interested this site is now three years old. Seems like it’s been longer!
Anyway, again, wishing everyone a happy and safe Chinese New Year! There’s so much good writing about China out there these days that I doubt any of you will miss me in my absence anyway. (Also, other members of the team may well post updates during the hiatus, so keep an eye out, but don’t expect to hear from me until early February probably).