The first time we came to China, we spent about a week in Beijing. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people, my total lack of Chinese and just the noise level! Now, it's one of my favorite places.
When I am in a city like Beijing, I am reminded of what an amazing place we live in. For example...this place.
From our taxi- the structure known as the Beijing Underpants!
And we can just walk past this amazing place- The Forbidden City. Elisabeth and I also walked through Tienanmen Square and through Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Yes, it's a little creepy.
Beijing has a huge ex-pat population and with that comes Western Food. Just in case you ever come to China, when the Papa John's menu says that a pizza is enough for two people, they are talking about teeny-tiny Chinese women. Just saying. We had dinner on Friday at a place called The American Cafe and I had a Cobb Salad. It was fantastic. I haven't had a salad in a restaurant in a year and a half. Seriously!
For Saturday breakfast, we went to a diner. Really! It was called Steak and Eggs and it was really, really great. Here is the first omelette I've had in a year and a half.
Did I eat it all? Yes, yes I did. Except for the hash browns.
We walked around a mall that was decorated both for Christmas and Chinese New Years!
Of course, there were wonderful examples of not quite right English.
This was for an acrobatics show- "Novel, beautiful, odd, thrilling."
These signs were all over Chao Yang!
Inside an apartment building.
Sink in a restaurant bathroom.
On a bench outside the apartment where we stayed. The noise level in China can be quite....high!
Elisabeth and Bunny, trying to obey the rule.