Ban comes amid concerns about high levels of pollution in the country and fears that the chemicals used in fireworks are part of the problem.
Celebrations for Chinese New Year have been muted in a growing number of cities after a ban on fireworks was expanded.
Beijing is one of them, as it tries to curb pollution.
But the ban is also affecting a tradition that has lasted a 1,000 years.
Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports.
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