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Beijing reminded me of Los Angeles during the smog alerts of the mid 1950’s.

It was a bit hard on the eyes and my throat was sore within an hour.

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The tour group was a bit larger than I anticipated (or hoped for.) We had two guides and not everyone participated in every excursion, so it wasn’t too bad.

There was no problem in taking extra time for pictures or anything like that.

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There were a few troops at Tian’ anmen Square.

Someone said they were trainees.

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The “Great Hall” — complete with thousands of tourists from allover the world, including China.
The Forbidden City, known as the Palace Museum, seems to go on forever. As you pass through one gateway you find a huge square followed by another and another.

There are no trees or plantings of any kind within the palace grounds — nothing that would hide assassins.

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Cute turtle — A symbol of strength and perseverance.

The Temple of Heaven.

Prayers for good harvest are accepted here.

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The “Summer Palace” was the only area with water and trees. The most notable structure was the “Marble Boat.” It seems that was the technique of using military funds for private luxury buildings. Sounds like the U. S. Senate to me.

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There are several things to notice when riding through the streets of Beijing. There are thousands of tiny shops selling everything you might need. They don’t have Wal-Mart yet.

Check out the street sweeper — right out on the double line. No flashing lights or plastic cones.

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Bicycle parks (with guard) are common.

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The acrobat show followed by a late night dinner of Peking Duck was great.


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The “Great Wall” at Badaling. The most popular tourist site — just an hours drive from Beijing.

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