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Gong xi fa cai! Happy Chinese New Year! I wouldn’t say that there are a ton of Chinese people in Bishkek, but enough that fireworks and Chinese New Year celebrations aren’t incredibly rare each year. Our excuse for celebrating is that we have two friends that are half-Chinese. Or whatever, we just wanted to get together and eat a lot of really good Chinese food.
To usher in the Year of the Snake, a bunch of friends gathered at a fancy Chinese restaurant (Imperator, on Pravda/Jumabeka, if you’re curious) to gorge ourselves on Peking duck and oranges for the night.
Most people dressed up in red to get into the spirit, Darwin included. He was such a champ at the restaurant, though he eventually needed a nap (I think we all did after eating so much).
At the end of the night, we set off a few fireworks in front of the restaurant, successfully(/barely) managing not to lose any eyebrows or fingers in the process.