Spring Festival 2006

Spring Festival is Chinese New Year. Like Christmas, but with a few twists. Everyone had plenty to eat and good wishes for the coming year.
Spring Festival 06-01
The filling for dumplings. Meat and dandelion greens.
Spring Festival 06-02
Final mixing of the filling.
Spring Festival 06-03
Families always make the dumplings together, we're no different.
Spring Festival 06-04
How to seal a dumpling and make it pretty.
Spring Festival 06-05
Dad is the rolling expert, very fast.
Spring Festival 06-06
Hanhan's first dumpling! How does it look?
Spring Festival 06-07
The dinner fireworks. There are 10,000 in this roll.
Spring Festival 06-08
The fuse is lit!
Spring Festival 06-09
10,000 firecrackers - 3 seconds
Spring Festival 06-10
The debris is 4 stories high!
Spring Festival 06-11
Tada!
Spring Festival 06-12
Looking for duds.
Spring Festival 06-13
All clear.
Spring Festival 06-14
Setting the table for the big dinner to come.
Spring Festival 06-15
Xiaohua's dishes begin to arrive. Everybody pitches in.
Spring Festival 06-16
Mom's dishes add to the dinner.
Spring Festival 06-17
Even more food to complete the feast, there are more than 30 dishes to sample!
Spring Festival 06-18
Enjoy!
Spring Festival 06-19
Even Ben is doing his part!
Spring Festival 06-20
Yum! There is simply TOO much to eat, but we try.
The Zhang Family in action!
Browsing the New Year Market.
Who can resist books for 1 RMB? This one is Mao's Quotes.
Dad at the park.
Hanhan and Dad at the lake.
Mom and Hanhan on the beach.
With the peach flower.
So calm it looks like a mirror.
A boat ride.
Rear view.
Zoom!
All alone, strange in China.
See the steel mill in the background?
Gary's lucky flower.