Beijing sure has changed
since we were here in 1996. The once-tiny airport
is huge and
modern. Rush hour traffic
gridlock, so motorists are only
allowed to drive on specified weekdays. A few cars even have
scooters have almost entirely replaced gas-engine motorcycles. We
could learn from this.
Beijing has gone vertical. Apartment and commercial buildings
have sprung up by the thousands as people flock from the country to the
city for a
better life. IBM occupies the Head
of the Dragon Building
the Olympic stadium. Window washers on tall buildings look like
are quite modern--our hotel bathroom
amenities included condoms
and a separate tap
for drinking water.
During the Cultural Revolution most trees in Beijing were cut down
were decadent and did not contribute to the revolution. Back in
1996 young soldiers were planting trees and today groves of trees line
the roads--all about 15 years old.
The Great Wall attracts people from everywhere, including rural
China. Some country folks were unfamiliar with people who had
full beards and light-colored hair. Several families asked us to pose
for pictures with them. We felt somewhere between celebrities and
Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.
Alan & Gloria