Nary a pop, crack, boom or whistle this week as fireworks are again banned in Beijing for Chinese New Year. The city is quiet, the roads near-empty (the road hogs are gone, ha!) and it feels a little too calm. Compare that to the last Pig year, in 2007, when furious barrages of fireworks filled the sky. Here’s a one-minute video I made then, as the clock struck midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve, at Workers Stadium. Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you a ham-azing year.Check out my lists of Beijing food deals and drink deals. Also get updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And check out my sibling sites Grape Wall of China, World Baijiu Day and World Marselan Day. If this site helped you find new bars, restaurants, foods and drinks, or saved you money, consider helping to cover the hosting and other costs with a WeChat or PayPal donation.