This picture l took off the net because it gives you a pretty good idea what the city looks like. The center is the Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square and going out from there like concentric circles are the main ring roads. I think they are up to 6 or 7 of these rings now. The land is flat and with 20 million people and expanding, it's a good thing there is lots of room. It has a way different feeling than Hong Kong. It's not so frantic and fast paced even with all the people. There are some huge buildings, but they are not as high as here and even though it gets very hot, the air is dryer and you don't have the claustrophobic humidity level. There are no trucks or heavy traffic allowed on the streets during the day time so that makes a huge difference, although there seems to be a inordinate amount of honking horns! Darryl said the government is only allowing 80,000 car plates a year in an effort to cut back on the traffic.
The city is very beautiful and has trees absolutely every where. Lots of Weeping Willows. This is on the way out to airport. Terminal 3 which was built for the Olympic Games is the biggest in the world.
|This picture and the one above are of the cities largest park, which is close by Darryl's school.|
|A tree made up of flower pots. It must be beautiful when its in full bloom.|
|Badminton players in the park. Badminton is played a lot in Asia. You see lots of kids just batting the bird back and forth for fun.|
|I have no idea what this is but it looks like it will be an interesting building when it finished.|
|These next couple of pictures are just some street shots.|
|Even though some of the buildings have quite a few floors, the ones here are often 50 floors and higher.|
|This street is Lucky Street and only a couple of blocks from Darryl's. It has different ethnic restaurants. The Japanese restaurant is in this block. There was a German bakery that looked good too!|
|This is a bad picture, because l took it from the taxi, but there is one whole street of Embassies with really neat compounds and guards and the whole bit. Some of the buildings were really beautiful. This is Canadian Embassy.|
|School buses in front of the school.|
|It is a kindergarten to grade 12 school. They have very nice facilities.|
Vivian is from a small city (5million) about an hour out of Beijing. They will be living in Saskatoon when they go back the end of the month. It will be fun to be near them when we go home. She said she'd teach me to make dumplings!!
There are so many things to see in Beijing. If you like history the place is positively full of it!! Even if you only have a couple of days like we did you can get to see a few of the main things and get the feel of an amazing and ancient city.