As Shanghai welcomes Chinese New Year for the first time in decades with a dash of snow, we trawl Flickr for pictures that best capture the essence of this week-long (or to be precise, 15 days’ worth of) festive cheer filled with red firecracker sprinklings and endless fireworks.
The unexpected snowfall brings along its share of inconveniences – slippery roads, beware! by ?lifemage?
Homebound crowds at Shanghai Railway Station trying to get hold of the limited number of train tickets available, by zhu4905jian
Left: Birds flying over snow-capped roofs near Shimen Yi Road, by sakura love Right: Snowmen springing up everywhere to usher in the white Chun Jie this year, by sakura love
Holiday shoppers at Yu Gardens, undaunted by the sleet and snow, by zhu4905jian
Left: Do we need any more reminding? Tacky gaudy decorations are everywhere, by DKwan.com Right: Red lanterns aplenty at Plaza 66, by NoLimitsTW
May good fortune, prosperity and wealth be upon you, by ryry9379
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse taking centrestage in the Year of the Rat – more than a marketing ploy that targets the innate vulnerability of Chinese consumers for all things cutesy? by ryry9379
Be sure to stock up your food closet at your neighborhood market before all shops close for the festivities, by atruedrew (left) and zhu4905jian (right)
Street hawkers never break for the holidays, not even for the biggest event in the Chinese calendar, for that is where the money’s at, by monkeyking
Viewing fireworks by the Huangpu River, by monkeyking
Left: Exploding fireworks mark the start of Chinese New Year, by DKwan.com Right: Festive decorations at Superbrand Mall, by micworks001
And the best part about spending Chinese New Year in Shanghai instead of escaping to the tempting tropical climate of certain Southeast Asian countries, awesome views of fireworks right outside your window, by dledge