Last night was Chinese New Year's Eve, and it was the best New Year's night I've had for ages, Chinese or otherwise!
Myself and most of the rest of the band went to visit Susan (an Aussie expat who teaches English to Chinese executives) and her daughter Sunny. She lives on the 18th floor of an apartment building, with commanding views over the surrounding area. We ate roast lamb with vegies, we drank red wine and beer (that is to say, some of us had wine, and some the beer), and all through the night (and especially at midnight) we heard and watched various fireworks displays that people were putting on, despite the fact that fireworks are apparently illegal (and this despite the fact that the Chinese invented them in the first place!). A good time was had by all.
Also, it looks as though The Park is open only for the 3 weeks surrounding New Years, then it'll be closing again and construction will resume, for a re-open in May.