|Still smoggy. You can kinda see the sun on its way up the sky there.|
What I wanted to do on my last morning was to go to Tiananmen Square. Here are some selected photos.
|I left Tiananmen Square to get a photo of the gate at Beihai Park. Along the way, I saw this building under construction. I thought it was a stadium for the 2008 Olympics, but after I got back home to Los Angeles I happened to hear about this building on NPR. Turns out it's a theater, designed by an architect from France. And of course it's controversial for its oddball shape (completely out of keeping with the surrounding squarish government buildings, both modern and ancient).|
|The gate of Beihai Park.|
|Another look at the new theater building.|
|Typical traffic. It only occurred to me at the last minute that I ought to try to get a photo of a tricycle cab - you can kinda see one back in there behind the bicyclists. The passenger rides in the enclosed cab, facing backwards.|
|This sign tells you not to blow your horn.|
At the airport, I found a music shop - and they had the CD I'd been looking for. May Hu's note (showing the name of the CD written in Chinese) had done the trick! Our flight took a very long time to get to the runway. Seems only one runway was in use - the other was under repair. In this photo you can see workmen out there on the runway, doing work the way it's usually done in China - by hand. Remember those terraced mountains from Day Zero? All done by hand.
Friday, October 28, 2005 - First Day in China
Saturday, October 29, 2005 - Tournament Day One
Sunday, October 30, 2005 - Tournament Day Two
Monday, October 31, 2005 - Last Tournament Day
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - Sightseeing in Beijing
Thursday, November 3, 2005 - Last Beijing Outing
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