Christmas is not a public holiday in China and Chinese people usually don’t celebrate it. Nevertheless one can get the Christmas feeling while wandering Beijing’s streets in December. Christmas trees in various sizes and shapes decorate public squares, shopping malls, restaurants and hotel lobbies. Christmas carols are played over loudspeakers and a couple of times a thin layer of snow covers the streets, inspiring people to build snowmen and frolic about.
This interesting mix of Western traditions and symbols in an Eastern environment led me to do a photo series about Christmas decorations in Beijing. Merry Christmas to everybody.
This blog post was first published on www.theworldofchinese.com during my internship as photojournalist in Beijing, China, from November 2012 to January 2013. These three months have been the coldest and due to the language barrier and Chinese culture also some of the most challenging in my life. Nevertheless I hope to someday return to this country full of discrepancy and funny people.