one are the old days of Shanghai smelling like fire and brimstone after Chinese New Year’s with local police reporting that not a single firecracker went off downtown on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
In 2016, Shanghai began cracking down hard on the centuries-old tradition of ringing in the Chinese New Year with a cacophony of fireworks, which have been known to burn down 5-star hotels and shroud cities in a toxic layer of festive smog, totally banning the use of fireworks and firecrackers within Shanghai’s Outer Ring Road.
This ordinance has proven particularly effective. This now marks the third year in a row that Shanghai police have proclaimed that zero fireworks were set off within the area. Last year, the city produced a sing-along music video to ensure that both locals and foreigners were aware of the ban.
According to Shine, the complete lack of fireworks helped to keep Shanghai’s air quality at “good” levels during all of Monday night and Tuesday morning. While our lungs are undoubtedly better off for this ban, we can’t help but look back with nostalgia upon the days when chaotic colorful explosions and smoke filled the skies.