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Sizzling Summer Beijing 2008

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Taking pictures with some local chinese tourists at Tianenmen Square.
Spent June and July of 2008 working in Beijing, China. We got lucky and ended up not having to do much work so it turned into somewhat of a paid vacation. Because of that I got a chance to really live it up and experience as much of Beijing as I could in two months. It was also a special time because the Olympics were about to begin. There was a huge influx of tourists and there were major Olympic preparations going on all around the city. I will probably never experience anything like that again. Maybe I'll check out London in 2012. Anyway, we did all the normal touristy stuff like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, etc...But the best part wasn't the sightseeing, it was actually the process of living there.
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting!
Things like learning the language, checking out some of the non-touristy areas of the city, hanging out at local spots, playing ping pong in "Chaoyang Park" on a nice cool Sunday Afternoon, Checking out the free summer concerts by local bands at "Solana Park", Watching football matches at 3am at the local western restaurant called "Goose N Duck", Going Go-Kart racing at "U-Speed". If you every go, make sure you get kart number 2, its the fastest. I enjoyed Playing basketball with the locals and connecting with them on a more personal level. Oh, and shopping at Silk Street every other day pretty much became a major hobby of ours. Negotiating with the booth girls was very entertaining. After a while, it became more about the negotiating than about the actual products we were purchasing. It sux though because the booth girls work seven days a week, 12 hours a day, for very little money, like many locals. It's kinda hard to believe that China will be the next superpower with the local citizen being so poor. But still, it was a little difficult to leave because we got so acclimated to the Beijing way of life. And boy do they do things different. I definitely would love to go back some time in the future.
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Taking pictures with some local ch…
Taking pictures with some local c…
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting!
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting!
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
At the Forbidden City
At the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
The Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Beihai Park
Beihai Park
Walking around at the Temple of He…
Walking around at the Temple of H…
Shops at The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Shops at The Great Wall at Mutianyu
Hangin out at The Great Wall at Mu…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at M…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at Mu…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at M…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at Mu…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at M…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at Mu…
Hangin out at The Great Wall at M…
Nap Time for this Taxi Driver!
Nap Time for this Taxi Driver!
Birds Nest under construction
Bird's Nest under construction
Birds Nest under construction
Bird's Nest under construction
Taking pictures with some locals a…
Taking pictures with some locals …
The New CCTV Building
The New CCTV Building
The New CCTV Building
The New CCTV Building
The New CCTV Building
The New CCTV Building
Hangin out at the Temple of Heaven
Hangin out at the Temple of Heaven
Hangin out at the Birds Nest
Hangin out at the Bird's Nest
The Cube
The Cube
Me and my co-workers at the Temple…
Me and my co-workers at the Templ…
Walking around at the Temple of He…
Walking around at the Temple of H…
Walking around at the Temple of He…
Walking around at the Temple of H…
Long hot day at the Temple of Heav…
Long hot day at the Temple of Hea…
Me and my co-workers at the Birds…
Me and my co-workers at the Bird'…
Me and my co-workers at the Birds…
Me and my co-workers at the Bird'…
Me and My co-workers in the Forbid…
Me and My co-workers in the Forbi…
Me and My co-workers in the Forbid…
Me and My co-workers in the Forbi…
Hangin out at the Forbidden City
Hangin out at the Forbidden City
Hangin out on the Great Wall
Hangin out on the Great Wall
Steep Steps at the Great Wall
Steep Steps at the Great Wall
After a long day of Climbing the G…
After a long day of Climbing the …
Walking down the Great Wall
Walking down the Great Wall
The Tobogan Slide! The best part o…
The Tobogan Slide! The best part …
The Tobogan Slide! The best part o…
The Tobogan Slide! The best part …
Cant really explain this one.
Can't really explain this one.
The crew at U-Speed Go-Kart raci…
The crew at "U-Speed" Go-Kart rac…
At U-Speed Go-Kart Racing. Thats…
At "U-Speed" Go-Kart Racing. That…
At one of the finest restaurants i…
At one of the finest restaurants …
At one of the finest restaurants i…
At one of the finest restaurants …
At one of the finest restaurants i…
At one of the finest restaurants …
At one of the finest restaurants i…
At one of the finest restaurants …
At one of the finest restaurants i…
At one of the finest restaurants …
Random shot of the city.
Random shot of the city.
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
Random shot of the city
The Cube at night
The Cube at night
The Cube at night
The Cube at night
The Cube at Night
The Cube at Night
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