Saturday, October 01, 2005

Happy National Day

Today is Chinese National Day- a public holiday and one of the most important holidays of the year.
Though it is not the tradition to give presents on National Day, the entire city of Shanghai gave us the best present in the world this morning: Silence
Golden, Glorious SILENCE!
The traffic noise is at a minimum, but most importantly, for the first time ever, there is no construction noise. None at all. The construction noise is normally 24/7, and after two months of it it is downright eerie not to hear it.
I know that all this silence will be made up for in a few hours time when every resident of the city begins setting off fire crackers indiscriminatly in the streets. But for now I am happy, and incredibly grateful.
Thank you China, Happy National Day!

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