A new Type of HOT

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Friday, June 26, 2009

It seemed strange to board a plane after being in one place for more than four months. Well, that's exactly what we did when we took the 2200 km flight from Zhuhai (South China) north to Beijing to begin our exploration of China. We left daily 30 degrees of hot and sweaty to arrive in Beijing and be baked in daily 40 degrees of hot and dry.  Instead of being soaking wet all the time we are so dry our lips and heels are cracking. 

Our first impression of Beijing was far different that I had warned everyone about – the pollution.  We arrived in 40 degree temperatures with high visibility and then we were further amazed on the train ride into the city how clean and green everything was.  Manicured trees and shrubs were everywhere.  Even days later after being here the city air quality is one of the best we have been in since we can remember (other than our home city of Zhuhai).

We rented online via Craig's List a private apartment suite at YUPPIES INTERNATIONAL CONDOS.  Our room is well located to transit, food and cultural activities.  We had considered a hotel but we would not be allowed to all be together and a Hostel didn’t offer the security we need as a family. 

You don’t realize how small a room is until you have 6 people living and sleeping in it.  What space our two beds, sofa, and a small counter with stove and sink don’t take up our feet do.  Our room is not so small that we can’t all stand at the same time but it’s pretty close. 

 We decided right away that to survive here we would have to adapt to the conditions.  Monique and James are especially immobilized by the heat so we get up early and go out until the afternoon then cool off and relax at our room until 6 or 7 in the evening and go out and explore again. 

We have visited Tiananmen Square, Chairmen Mao’s tomb, the outer courtyard of the Palace Museum (Forbidden City), Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Wal-Mart and the Badaling section of the Great Wall.

P.S.  We woke up today and went to the National Stadium and site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Today we had overcast weather so it was cooler BUT the air quality was more like what we had expected. I would rather have the hot blue clear skies over the 'haze and smog’. 
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