It's Peking hot here!
Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
17Trip End Jul 11, 2011
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And we thought Russia was hot. The humidity in China is so intense at this time of year. We've seen very little sun and sky, yet I've ended each day drenched in sweat. It really has been quite uncomfortable.
That hasn't spoilt my time in Beijing though. It's such an easy city to get around and there are so many aspects to it. You have the temples. You have the western style shopping areas. You have the frantic markets.
Yet I've much preferred the outer districts where we were based. Here the locals tend to stare (rather than sell) at you. There are all kinds of unusual smells; some pleasant, some not. And there are sights of a different kind, such as an old man frantically peddling with hundreds of caged crickets on the back of his tiny bike. You actually feel like you're on the other side of the world.
The food in Beijing has also been good. I'm not a fan of Chinese take-aways back home but I haven't had a disappointing meal here. Of course we've done the traditional roast duck dinner, but the best meals have been from street markets or local restaurants where you have to smile, point and pray you've picked something good. And no, we haven't been served dog.
I’ve had a great time in Beijing, yet it still hasn't quite provided the culture shock I'm hoping to find in other parts of China. I think it's time to see what else this huge country has to offer.
Hot? I should coco. Don't know how these little fellas cope; they don't even have air con in those Hutongs, surpwised they keep smiling so much. But seriously Beijing is one of the safest feeling cities I have ever been in. There really is a lot to be said for a harsh criminal punishment system. It gets my vote.
We've been here for a week and there is so much to see - unfortunately most of it was destroyed in 1900 by the Anglo-French alliance, a fact my electronic guide liked to point out on a number of occasions when we visited the Summer Palace and a fact that was repeated by our human guide at the Forbidden City. 200 years; I think it's time to let go!
Food has been great and cheap and so far I've avoided any stomach bugs; I'm sure fate will be saving that for the sleeper train. Anyway, we're off to get some duck as we're leaving Beijing tomorrow to see some more of China. Looks like white water rafting could be on the cards!!