To Beijing To Meet the Year of the Dog

Charles Laverty at the Shanghai train Station ahead of Chinese New year

It is Wednesday night in China. I checked out of my hotel and went to the train station in Shanghai, so I can travel to Beijing. The train station was amazing. There were more people than a sold-out USC Football game at the LA Coliseum!

I am looking forward to my trip to Beijing. I have a very full schedule including a business dinner and investor meetings Thursday and Friday. I still hope to take

Paper Cut for Chinese New Year Celebrating The Year Of the Dog
Paper Cut for Chinese New Year Celebrating The Year Of the Dog

in as much of the city and culture as I can.

Travel in China heating up because the Chinese New Year is this Friday. Thursday night many Chinese will hold reunion dinners and their family members will travel across the country. This annual celebration has been called the largest annual human migration in the world.

I feel lucky to be in China for their New Year celebrations. Friday marks the end of the year of the Rooster and the beginning of the year of the Dog. Many will decorate their windows and doors with red color paper-cuts and wishes for the new year like “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. They also celebrate with firecrackers and by giving each other money in red paper envelopes for luck.

Luck is very important in Chinese culture. 8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture because 八 sounds like 發 (fa), which means “wealth”, “fortune”, and “prosper” in Chinese. I will take that as a sign that my 8 days in China will be very productive for ABS.


Huítóu jiàn (see you later)

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