Beijing New Year fireworks. From a plane. At midnight.

For the better part of a decade, I have been taking photos of the Chinese New Year’s Eve fireworks in Beijing, from positions ranging from ground-level to the twentieth floor of an apartment building. As this video shows, it’s a completely different experience taping them while in an airplane approaching Beijing Capital Airport at midnight. I wonder how things would look if the plane, or a drone, passed over central Beijing. In any case, here are two minutes that help show the scope of the fireworks:

And if you want the opposite effect, that of an extreme closeup, here are fireworks exploding at midnight a few meters from my window a couple of years ago:

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