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Before the parade.

Denise.

Rooftop garden that I admire, just outside the wall.

Rooftop garden that I admire, just outside the wall.

Denise and Qianyu.

Qianyu.

Yes, the new year is coming. Red decorations everywhere.

Yes, the new year is coming. Red decorations everywhere.

Yes, the new year is coming. Red decorations everywhere.

Yes, the new year is coming. Red decorations everywhere.

Banner along Songcheng Lu.

Another banner along the road.

Tiny butterfly.

Denise and Qianyu.

Flowers along the roadside.

Flowers along the roadside.

Police heading for duty.

Crowd beginning to build.

People in costumes heading for the starting point.

And back they come.

Cute little guy next to us, waiting for the excitement.

Cute guy.

People getting ready.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Qianyu, we're trying to keep her occupied.

Little guy waiting with his granddad down on the footpath.

A pretty girl.

1km point of the walk.

Don't envy them getting this pusher around today.

Interesting face.

Traffic has been stopped in both directions now.

Poor bugger. Hard job for him today.

Police on motorbike.

Massed motorbikes to head the parade.

Massed motorbikes to head the parade.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Colour, colour, colour.

Policeman, relaxing at last.

Can't believe, a band with bagpipes in Zhaoqing.

 

Massive pink dragon.

Massive pink dragon.

And there go the pipers.

And there go the pipers.

Colour, costumes and history.

Colour, costumes and history.

Colour, costumes and history.

Colour, costumes and history.

Colour, costumes and history.

Colour, costumes and history.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

Floats in the parade.

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And it just goes on and on!!

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

And still they come.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

On and on it goes.

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

Still more and more. I wish I had checked the time while...

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

This is just amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.

I can't believe the scale of this event.


This morning I met Denise and Qianqian at the front of the college, to hunt out a good spot to get photos of the parade, which promises to be huge. There will be over 1000 people walking a total of 13.8 kms. Not everyone will walk all the way of course. I would have loved to be part of it, but the desire for photos is more pressing!!

There are three options, according to Denise. 1. Be audience. 2. Pay 28rmb, and do some or all of the walk, and receive a certificate and a scarf to commemorate the event. 3. Pay 88rmb, same as #2 but with an added dinner provided for all the walkers this evening!

Apparently the parade is in lieu of the street decorations in the main street, which disappoints me somewhat, but I understand that there was a lot of underhand wheeling and dealing, for businesses to 'purchase' the right to put their business front and centre in the main street. And it seems this is just one of the ways that the central government is doing their best to stamp out corruption on every level.

We walked along the back road, to where we could get up onto the wall. I was not sure if there would be access today, and I wanted to make sure there would be. From there I took Denise and Qianqian to get lunch at the little restaurant I know in Tianning Nanlu. We all had dumplings, and Denise also ordered Tofu, which I tried, but left to her!!

By the time we got back to the chosen spot on the steps down from the wall, it was around 1.15, and the crowds were beginning to build. We were lucky to get a good spot, where Qianqian could see, and there was a break in the roadside trees, to enable me a clear view for photos.

There was a rather unfortunate policeman trying to keep the crowd safe on the steps. He had his work cut out for him, blowing his whistle and ensuring that people did not lean at the very edge!! He did say to me, in English, that it was very dangerous!! Poor guy, he would shift one lot of people, and as soon as his back was turned there were more, pushing up against the edge of the steps!! Of course, he won no friends, but obviously he had his instructions, and no choice but follow his orders. At one stage, before it got busy, I got Denise to ask if I could get a photo with him, but he refused, saying that he was on duty! Worth a try though.

The parade was absolutely amazing. Filled with colour, sound, history and culture. I could not even hazard a guess at how many floats went past. There were people dressed in historical costumes from all through the ages of Chinese history.

We watched most of the parade, through all the floats and groups, until at the end were all the random walkers, with their red scarves. At that point we decided to go down to Paifang Square.

What a challenge that was. The crowds were jam packed, and we had to make a couple of detours to get through. I have never seen Zhaoqing quite this crazy!! But it was exhilarating. I love the vibe of this place!!



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