Yesterday during a break from class (that we were avoiding going back to) we (a classmate and two teachers) were given the perfect excuse to avoid said classes. Across the road is a daily Chinese newspaper that, with new year tradition, had a ceremony complete with dancing dragons and a string of firecrackers taller than the light post and lots of loud drumming. Even on this usually uneventful side-street the tourists flocked around. It's as if they are equipped with some freakish sixth sense.
Anyway, All this is done to apparently bring them luck in the new year.
All the best to them.