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Day 2 - The Walk of Beijing

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This guy was standing watching the flag almost all day

The second day was a day without any mission. We started the day with saying good morning to our hall guy, the poor guy sitting outside our hotel room waiting to fulfill our wishes. Unfortunately as usual we didn’t have any. We walked downstairs anticipating the business discussions and the loud bragging Russian tourist of which none of them we actually minded. We were just in a curios holyday mood. The weather was like all the other days around 6 degrees Celsius but the sun was shining and everything was terrific.

 

We started by walking down to one of the local parks enjoying the plays of the elderly citizens of Beijing. Many of them were playing a local version of haggy sac, where the sac had a feather on. Other groups were dancing to classical 1930th or 1940th dance music, not the modern 120 beats per minute but the kind of dance music that Fred and Ginger were hitting the floor with.

Bike Repair Shop
Being the friendly Chinese elderly they were they always invited us to join them when we were watching their incredible skills. Some also practiced some kind of sword tai chi which I also saw in Shanghai later.

 

I really enjoyed the park life with all these active and smiling elderly from whom I would anticipate half of them would be able to outrun me at any time. There were also the common park services like massage, haircutting, dentist! and other practical daily doings.

 

We also spent some time visiting the different shops looking for these fantastic bargains that would give us problems on weighing into our flight home. We visited a lot of CD ad DVD stores and I still enjoy some of the Chinese rock and pop songs I bought there.

What can you say
It surprised me how western their music taste was. There is no difference other than the language and their high vocals.

 

I must also say that I enjoyed the TV programs and especially the commercials. One of the best was a natural medicine that you gave to children that were short. The commercial showed this sad woman looking down at her son being 30 cm shorter than her self. The solution was this drink and after 3 weeks they showed that he was taller than her. Truly amazing and perfectly in accordance with the commercial fairytales that apparently are allowed in China.

 

During the day we walked and walked and we ever seemed to reach anything that looked like an end of this constantly growing city. We both especially enjoyed walking in the small alleys where every second shop seemed to be either a barber or a specialist store for something incredible like paper cups, plastic buckets or similar.

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photo by: Deats