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finally, Beijing.  everything is so familiar and yet so strange.  crowded, bustling and never sleeping, Beijing is amazement in the form a city.  sky scrapers with traditional chinese roofs and narrow and aging living quarters right behind trendy shops.  it looks like the city has skipped forward in time on the surface, but i wonder how much has changed in 5000 years of way of thinking and living.  it also makes you think about billions of untold stories of life, death, happiness and misery that will never be known.

 

the Olympic stadiums are futuristic and the giant park spaces surround them.  yet they are still full of people. looks like the world has finally seen China and all the people in the country are also looking out.

 

finally i had the infamous Peking Duck again.

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  it is like creme burlee and takes 45 minutes between the time you order it and it being served. but it was well worth the wait.  it was f'ing good ("f'ing good" was the only word i could find to describe how good it was.

 

in the Capital Museum, a lot of artifacts from thousands years were shown.  there was this Jade ball that was carved from a single piece of jade and inside the ball there were multiple inner sphere shells, each encloses the next, each can rotate freely inside the outter shell.  it is mind blowing just trying to figure out how it is done.  one thing amazes me was that in one hall, the inner walls had displays of chinese artifacts in chronological order and on the outter wall, what is happening in the rest of world at the same time is also shown to correspond the inner wall displays.  well the europeans are exploring the world, conquering new territorries and inventing new machines, the chinese were refining their skills on crafts and arts.  maybe the different philosophies made the difference between world domination and self-satisfaction?

 

more photos at http://michaelzuo.zenfolio.com/p489639473/

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Peking duck, YUMMY!
Peking duck, YUMMY!
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