If you happen to be in China for a visit during the first lunar month (usually late January to mid February), don't be surprised by a constant barrage of 'Bangs' and 'Booms'! In China, setting off fireworks is banned within city limits, but there is one exception.
For two weeks a year, the ban is lifted and the whole country comes out to celebrate, from Chinese New Years Eve (30th of the twelfth lunar month) until the Lantern Festival (15th of first lunar month). Fireworks are a tradition in China, and Chinese people believe that fireworks can help them to send off the past and bring good luck in the new year. And so, starting at midnight on Chinese New Year, the sky is lit up with fireworks and it's hard to hear anything besides of the pounding rhythm of happy celebration.