Ruby Ramblings


Last days in Beijing
November 29, 2014, 5:19 am
Filed under: beijing, Buddhism, China, Travel

Life has a way of completely running away on it’s own tracks – I’m talking that super fast Japanese train that goes like 500 miles an hour.  I meant to post the last batch of pictures weeks ago.  At this point it barely even feels like I was just in China with a good travel buddy exactly a month ago.  I’m back to having a microphone attached to my mouth, and headsets on my ears.  Working in that same void where you are disconnect-idly connecting to people.

I got to spend a few extra days in Beijing, because I missed my flight.  It was a long ride to the airport, and I went to the wrong terminal.  In my defense, all the terminals are labeled as international.  I was then sent on a chase down a bizarre maze of hallways to find a locked doorway.  Which I hurt my hand banging on in a fit of desperation.  And then I realized that being trapped in China was pretty much exactly what I wanted.  Eventually the person on duty came back from lunch and rebooked my ticket (for a meager fee) for a couple of days later.  I should have asked for a week later. Work be damned.

The last two days in Beijing were by far the best, and we soon found out why: all the factories had been shut down on account of the international conference that was happening – our president included.  To make a good show, and clear skies, production came to a halt.  And clear the skies it did.

Behai park, pre-factory shut down:

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And an early dusk back to the city.  It’s not nearly as late as the light would appear….

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And then Jingshan Park, the day after the factories stopped.  We found this park completely on accident.  I forgot what we were looking for, but this was the best possible happy accident.  Even if the congealed ginger chicken we had on the way completely sucked.

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We also visited the White Cloud Confucian temple that same day, which I really recommend.  It’s not close to anything else, and wasn’t very crowded.  It was like walking back in time.

hit the bell with a coin and get your wish...

hit the bell with a coin and get your wish…

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