Serious concerns over pollution levels in China have changed the scene for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese government has urged it's citizens to refrain from the use of fireworks during what can be up to two weeks of celebrations.
The tradition states that lighting the fireworks and firecrackers will bring good luck in the New Year.
Some still lit fireworks in the street on Thursday night but the scene was far quieter than in the past. A survey conducted by the Shanghai Municipal Statistics Bureau reported that over 80% of the citizens in the city agreed to refrain from any purchase or use of fireworks.