Last Wednesday was Chinese New Year's Eve. To celebrate we got to smell some strange burning incense all day from the part of our complex right below us. They had these bins set up and people were putting orange paper in them to burn. I've heard of the Chinese burning paper money on different holidays because they believe by doing so they are sending it to their ancestors so maybe that was it? I don't really know.
That evening we headed out the Chinese Gardens. We had heard it was a good time to go because they have Chinese New Year decorations up and that evening was the best time so you could see the lanterns lit up. Well...it was mostly disappointing. The gardens themselves were nice but we probably could have gone any time. There weren't that many decorations and none of the lanterns ever lit up. It was still a nice way to spend our evening!