Happy New Year

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Image courtesy of Google.com

The Year of Monkey Arrived!

Fireworks Picture of Last Night

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© Jian Shuo Wang

The pictures above were taken from the window of my living room. This is the first time I stayed in Shanghai for Spring Festival – before this year, Wendy and I took trains to go back to our hometown. Those were miserable journey since trains are always crowded in this season.

So, it is the first time I took pictures of the fireworks. The fireworks are more splendid than any fireworks I have ever seen. :-D So many families went to the square of the residential garden and fired their own fireworks. Yes. The pictures I took were all fired by local residents. No government fund was involved.

Share Some Interesting Numbers

I’d like to share some amazing numbers with readers outside China. Just guess how many people watched the Spring Festival Celebration Party from CCTV? The statistics came out and the number is 500 million. Although the number decreased a little bit from last year (I remember), this four-hour program should still be the most popular program in the world in terms of number audience.

Also, it is forecasted that 17 billion SMS messages will be sent in China during this Spring Festival alone. The number was 7 billion last year. Think about it. 0.1 RMB for one SMS. It means 1.7 billion RMB income for China Telecom and Unicom alone in several days. I felt the difference since many people who didn’t send New Year greetings last year sent me SMS this year. I got around 40 SMS last night.

Note: Update may not be regular in the Spring Festival (from Jan 22 to Jan 29). :-D Wish you a happy New Year!

P.S. Today, I was interviewed by Jocelyn, from Marketplace.org. The interview is expected to be online tomorrow at http://marketplace.org

81 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Carroll

    I should have known! Was just checking in to mention that you must be sure to check out the Google logo today. Enjoy the Spring Festival, Jian Shuo :-)

  2. JH

    Do you know that your voice was just heard by tens of thousands Americans Thursday? Marketplace is a 30-minutes daily program broadcasted by several hundreds public radio stations throughout US. Now you are a really famous

    guy :-)

  3. Xu

    Happy Monkey Year ! Xiao Wang and your Wendy !

    I notice at the first day of this new year, you became more eminent. Please let us know what you talked to world if you want to. I didn’t find the content in website above.

  4. Jian Shuo Wang

    JH, thanks for letting me know what MarketPlace program is. I never heard of this program before. Sorry Jocelyn. I never listen to U.S radio except Voice of America between 1993-1996. That was the only radio I can access from U.S using my short band radio. There is no Internet radio access for me at that time.

    I checked with my friends from U.S today and they confirmed MarketPlace is a famous program. I was very embarrased to hear my voice from the radio record for the so poor pronounciation. I thought my pronounciation was better in my own record. It seems the long distance phone system changed my voice greatly. :-D I have to find out a scape goat for me. Haha.

  5. Billy Qiu

    Glad to know that you were on the famous radio! And you voice and pronounciation were good and pretty clear for me even via my shabby laptop’s speakers. Really *KEWL*! ;)

  6. Kalvin

    For your information. Voice of America is a pro US government mouthpiece. Nothing but US govt propaganda.

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  8. sonia

    happy new year 2 all da world 4m sonia

    celebr8 NEW YEAR wid 4l devotions n happy mood

    gr8 wishes 4m sonia pakistani

  9. nazia nowroz

    :) hi’z 2 people all around da world, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 u all………………… wishin u gr8 joyz n happiness towards da new year ;)

    make new plans n inspirashuns 2 celebr8 da new year wid 4l zeal n zest

    ok………bubyeeee’zzzzzzz 4m nazia pakistani….

    good luck ;)

  10. ibrahim

    WISH U A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. COME OUT WITH NEW RESOLUTION AND GO AHEAD.

    BYE AND LOVE 2 SEE U ALL

  11. RAJESH

    For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

    And next year’s words await another voice.

    And to make an end is to make a beginning.

  12. Mehvish Pakistani

    A very Gorgious, Crispy, Minky, Freashy & Salty Happy Ney Year.

    May this year brought of love & joy for u all.

    ***********To all the Human Beings************

    BA BYE.

  13. Sk kamruzzaman

    I Wish in 2oo7 God gives You…

    12 Months of Happiness,

    52 Weeks of Fun,

    365 Days of Success,

    8760 Hours of Good Health,

    52600 Minutes of Good Luck,

    3153600 Seconds of Joy…and that’s all

  14. Elile

    Happy New Year to everyone……. Wishing all of you the best year of your life….. Better that Year 2006…. …. Peace Ya’lllllllll One Love

    Elile

  15. Vasudev

    Each moment in a day has its own value. Morning brings HOPE, Afternoon brings FAITH, Evening brings LOVE, Night brings REST, Hope you will all of them everyday. HAPPY NEW YEAR

  16. Jess

    Great news came today. 4 people will be coming everyone’s way soon… thier names are HAPPINESS, HEALTH, WEALTH n LOVE!HAPPY2007!

  17. Osvaldo

    Happy monkey year..haha..Recently i visit Jackson & Perkins store and saw wide range of gifts for this new year celebrations at great discounted prices through coupons from couponalbum.com..

  18. nisha

    Before the sun sets in this year, before the memories fade, before the net works get jammed,,,,,Wish u and ur family Happy Sparkling New Year 2008 !!

  19. nisha

    Hope The New Year brings a lot of good cheer for you, May all Your Dreams Will be True, Hope the year also bring Gigabyte of Fun, Happy New Near and good luck with your Resolution

    Each moment in a day has its own value. Morning brings HOPE, afternoon brings FAITH, Evening brings LOVE Night brings REST, Hope you will all of them everyday. HAPPY NEW YEAR

    Fill ur life with Happiness & Bright Cheer, Bring to u Joy and Prosperity for the whole Year,And it’s my New Year wish 4u Dear…Wish u a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    Buddha says, “In the end, only 3 things matter… how much we loved, how gently we lived and how gracefully we let go of the things not meant for us. “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008. FRIENDS….”

  20. sahebrao

    My Very Special Friend..I pray you lay in rest,God bless you always &

    may New Year 2008..Bring you a lot of Love & Happiness.

  21. George

    New Year is the time to unfold new horizons & realize new dreams, to rediscover the strength & faith within u, to rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up 4 new challenges. Wishing u a truly fulfilling 2008

  22. Jayanthi Murugesan

    Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours and let each new year find you a better man.

    Wish you happy new year

    Jayanthi Murugesan.

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  24. kuldip patel

    hey!!!

    i am wishing ” HAPPY DIWALI ” & ” HAPPY NEW YEAR ” to all the indians for year 2009.

    i hope you will enjoy the safe diwli ” THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT “.

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