A twinkle in the eye of an old firework favourite
Our annual visit to Liu Yang City, the self-proclaimed firework capital of the world, produced many new and exciting new effects which we will be putting into our shows next year. Sometimes it’s not a completely new one which catches your eye but an old favourite which has been tweaked. A firework shaped like a smiley face always raises a ripple of amusement from our audiences. This year the Chinese have gone one better and given it a pair of eyes which blink! This is sure to become a popular addition to our pyro portfolio in 2012.
While Nanchang, which is home to Lidu Fireworks, one of China’s leading manufacturers, is a very basic city (there is little heating and everyone wears overcoats, even indoors), Liu Yang, which is about a 4-hour drive away, is more Western. It’s just as manic and crazy as everywhere else but more prosperous. There are plenty of Mercs and BMWs and the hotels are plusher with menus which include oysters and lobster. For the more adventurous there are boiled duck heads. These are not everyone’s taste (too much skin and bone and not enough meat) but with a regular throughput of Euroepan and American buyers, the food is very much geared up to Western tastes. Having seen 8 demonstrations in 10 days we have returned home all fired up to make 2012 the most exciting year yet for Fantastic Fireworks. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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