Sunday, 22 February 2015

Here be dragons

Late yesterday afternoon, Lee, Goran and I headed down to Johannesburg's 'First Chinatown' at the west end of Commissioner Street (as opposed to 'New Chinatown' in Cyrildene) for this year's Chinese New Year celebrations.

Unfortunately intermittent rain put a bit of a damper on festivities, and we only stayed until sunset at about 6:30pm, before all the pretty paper lanterns were lit, and the obligatory fireworks display, the latter which was scheduled for 9pm. (I am completely against fireworks in suburbia, but I don't have a problem with them in a designated downtown area where there are no pets for kilometres around.) I was also disappointed we didn't get a chance to see any Chinese dragons or lions or Kung Fu or martial arts displays, but when you've got a four-year-old with an ear infection in tow, being out on the wet, chilly city streets after dark is not really an option.

Below are some shots I snapped on my iPhone of this tiny, yet characterful corner of the city, and my absolute favourite piece of street art, the full story of which you can read about here.