I spent part of my Saturday evening watching fireworks over the Xiang River in Changsha, China. This impressive display in the land of fireworks could probably outdo those of many U.S. cities for holidays such as the Fourth of July and New Year's.
As I enjoyed the show, I wondered what staging the weekly event must cost and whether the money couldn't be put to better use for the city's people. I also had little doubt that one of the last things Changsha needs is more air pollution.
Nevertheless, the fireworks proved to be a worthy distraction and they lifted my spirits. Assuming others felt the same, the show may indeed be money well spent.