I've found the debate in the China Daily newspaper over whether Chinese dragons should be fierce or cute to be very interesting. Here's some more links if you'd like to check them out.http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-01/18/content_14465416.htm, and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16422945
Also, near our apartment, the city has set up its yearly Flower Street, where entrepreneurs and school groups man booths to sell flowers and trinkets to people before the New Year. Prices were high when we checked out the street on Thursday. If there are any left, we may go back when the street is winding up on Monday and buy some jonquils and chyrsanthemums for half price.
Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐！