The smell of burning paper, incense, and gunpowder mix together and fill the streets with a not unpleasant fragrance and a subtle haze. Firecrackers go off constantly through the morning and into the early afternoon. I can hear the cracks from the breakfast shops behind my 12th floor apartment. At times, it sounds like someone shot a gun on the roof outside my window.
when I left my building at 1030 to go the the grocery store and a cup of coffee the office building next door was having a huge bai bai 拜拜 (worship/offering ritual). That's the picture you see above.