Gung Hay Fat Choy!
We were greeted by a lovely Chinese lady who taught us Hello (ni hao), good bye (zai jian) and Happy New Year (Gung Hay Fat Choy)!
Practicing our Chinese
She also explained the tradition of the money tree.
The money tree is put out during the second day of Chinese New Year. Red envelopes containing lucky coins are placed on the tree for the members of the household.
Actual koi fishing would probably be frowned upon in China, where koi are treasured.
Our world travelers had a competition to see who could collect the most fake koi in two minutes.
I made fishing poles from dowels. The line was a string with a strong magnet attached at the end. I found goldfish key chains at Oriental Trading that light up when you squeeze their belly. How cool is that?!!
While the girls practiced the Ribbon Dance the boys learned the art of Dragon Dance.
Jett at the coveted head position
China had probably one of the most loved meals of the week. The kids loved the food,
the mom's loved ordering and picking it up at the local restaurant!
That night we shot off fireworks to ward off evil spirits.
It worked, not one nasty evil spirit bothered us all night.