"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
It seems we've been gone a month! China was a fabulous experience - many sights were familiar (from my trip there in 1983), but the changes were staggering! Beautiful high rise buildings, the world's largest airport (Beijing) completed in 2008 for the Olympic Games, multi-laned freeways jammed with new automobiles, stylishly dressed citizens. There were still plenty of bicycles, but mopeds and scooters were everywhere, as well as busses, taxis and commuter trains. Beijing is a huge city (17+ million), and busily tearing down the old and building the new. Here are some photos of "modern" Beijing. I'll be adding addition photos as I "weed" through them.
Arrival at the Beijing Airport after a 16 hour flight! (3 hours spent on the runway in Tianjen due to high winds).
My favorite buildings - the one on the left is the head of the dragon, and the ones behind the body.
The beautiful new Beijing airport.
Modern Buildings were everywhere
Ooops, I got this one in twice!
The Bird's Nest - built for the Olympics
They'll be more photos as I get things organized!