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2008 Beijing Games Olympic Torch

It was another early entry into the city by train, arriving around 7:30 AM into Beijing West Railway Station.  Hired a few cabs to take the ride into the city to our hotel in the central area in the Dongchen District just a few blocks from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Being the middle of rush hour it was slow going on the roadways into the city but we arrived without any incident.  Checking in to the hotel we found that the swine flu had caught up to us again and we all had to have our body temperatures taken with an ear thermometer to ensure that we were well.  Now I know that ear temps are typically a bit lower than normal body temp but everyone who checked seemed to be reading about 33-34C which made me wonder about the calibration.

2008 Beijing Games Olympic Stadium
  I guess for our sake better it was calibrated low than calibrated high and we all end up registering a fever.

Got settled and wandered out to the streets.  Wangfujing is a pedestrian street for a large section and is full of shops and restaurants.  The full effects of China's version of capitalism is definitel on display here as Chinese brands mingle with Western brands all the way down the street.  After taking in this view for a bit a few of decided to head up and check out the Olympic sites north of the city.  Picked up a map from one of the bookstores on the street and we were off.  Headed for the subway and our first excursion on the Beijing Metro.  I would become intimately familiar with the system over the next 5 days or so.

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
  Oh, but before hitting the Olympic tour we had to make a pitstop.  The gals wanted to make an excursion to the silk market, so we headed that way first.  Got some directions and found our way there for them to get some gear and for me to get accosted once again again to buy a tailored suit.  If I had bought a suit or a watch everytime I was offered one I could have started my only chain when I returned home.  But I resisted that temptation once again.  Thank goodness.  Still one more pitstop before heading up to the Olympic Green.  Subway!  I was enjoying the Chinese diet immensely but the opportunity for a sub could not be denied so we stopped at the shopping mall that we heard had one.  A taste of something that should have the "same" but which at this point in my travels had become "different".
... you wouldn't want to see the grass frown now would you?

Finally we were on our way.  A few metro lines finally brought us up on the Olympic Promenade with the Olympic Stadium on our right the Water Cube on our left and the Olympic Torch towering in front of us.  Surprisingly there was a fair number of people out and about taking in the site.  Even some concessionares out selling water and snacks on what was shaping up to be a warm day in late May.  We checked out the areas, thought about taking the tour of the inside of the stadium - and quickly decided not to at a price of 50 Yuan (not that its that expensive but all you to do is see the inside of an empty stadium - of course the same could be said of seeing the outside as well, but we were only paying the cost of a metro ticket).

The Flying Acrobat Show - a fun show in Beijing to go see.
  Well that was that, we walked around a bit more, stopped at a small amusement park for a few rides and then headed back towards the central area.

Went back to local fare for the evening meal on Wangfujing.  Then it was time to go see the Flying Acrobats.  At the Chaoyang Theater, they put on what is simply a fabulous show of acrobatic feats.  We were asked not to film during the show so I do not have any photos or movies to show, but there are multitudes of videos out there if you search the web.  Or go unawares and be amazingly surprised as I was.

After the show it was back to the hotel via the Metro and time to rest up for tomorrow's excursion to the Great Wall.

 

Kramerdude says:
Nor a Thai suit, Nepalese Suit, or a high class imitation Hong Kong Watch
Posted on: May 01, 2010
vances says:
Guess I can't refer you for a job with my company since you obviously won't be able to interview in a high class Chinese suit!

:^)
Posted on: May 01, 2010
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