Some busy days, some quiet days here in China this week. We have been to Beijing before, but took the opportunity to go to a few places like Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City Palace area, which are always so thought-provoking. And the last evening we went with our friends Sophie and Julia to the Bird's Nest area of the 2008 Olympics. It was great to be with them. The days were hot and visibility was down to half a mile or so because of smog and haze. We took some days to rest, read, think, and do some internet. You would think internet would be super here in China, but it is intermittent, perhaps because of the government's heavy involvement in the oversight of it all!
Before our time in Beijing, Kathy and I spent a few more days with Shakira and Wang Feng in Tangshan last week, going to some restaurants and a quick visit to a small fishing port. I found the port so interesting because there was nothing "touristy" about it... only the normal going out and coming in of fishing boats hauling in their crab catches and whatever else they fish.
Now Kathy and I are in Shan Yin in Shanxi province, visiting Shakira and Wang Feng for a few more days. Tomorrow we head for Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, north of Beijing.
|Inside the Forbidden City|
|I like his haircut. How would I look with the same? :)|
|Kathy inside the Forbidden City|
|Our friend Sophie who was so kind to us while in Beijing|
|A common sight in China. I love the lights, the colors, the old look...|
|Some fishing boats near Tangshan|
|Wang Feng and others we were with in Tangshan|
|A boy, happy to catch a crab in the mud... :)|
|Our friend Wang Feng|
|Sophie, Kathy and I went to an acrobatics show while in Beijing|
|The Bird's Nest in Beijing, home of the 2008 Olympics|
|Sophie, Kathy, Julia and me at the Bird's Nest|
|A boy selling kites at the Olympic Park area|