A perfect day in sub-zero temperatures
26.01.2011 - 28.01.2011 -8 °C
I arrived in Beijing yesterday after a long but uneventful journey via Bangkok. My luggage had a slightly longer journey than me... I admit I was starting to get a little upset upon arrival in Beijing, when I was forced to have an experience that I hadn't been counting on - Beijing Capital Airport Luggage Enquiries. But almost 3 hours later I had my bag and made my way - almost freezing - to the hotel.
I'm sorry I can't avoid mentioning the weather because it's such a novelty for me!
Today has been cold but otherwise perfect conditions for sightseeing in Beijing. While everyone else trooped around the Forbidden City, I made my way out to the Summer Palace. Even with the brand new subway line that takes you all the way there, it's still a good hour out of central Beijing. The sun was shining brightly over the frozen lake while I kept moving to keep myself warm. I was fascinated by the number of people walking across it, presumably taking the route that the ferries take when the water is a bit more flexible. I wasn't so game, just sticking to the lakeside promenade.
In the early afternoon a bit of a breeze came up, which dropped the temperature even more and seems to have had the effect of turning me into Rudolph (hopefully temporary). I took this as a sign to return to the city.
An hour and a half later, after braving the peak-hour/s subway, then walking about 5km through my hotel's district, I arrived back to a warming cup of jasmine tea.
Tonight we see the Beijing Acrobats, which I'm told are not as good as in Shanghai, but I'll reserve judgment as I am a complete sucker for that sort of thing.