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China Beijing Train

14 November 2011

Lost

Museums and other such places are closed on Mondays. So instead I headed east.
I walked for at least 3 hours to nowhere in particular. The contrast between crappy area and brand new luxury mall is large and often its just 1 street between them.
I was quite surprised at the railway tracks, unfenced and people walking along them in places, similarly the giant chimney close to the centre of the city was unexpected.

The pollution has returned today, perhaps factories shut down on weekends because the last 2 days were exceptionally clear, maybe its just because of less traffic.

On the subject of traffic, there are a large number of electric busses, probably the majority, they have telescopic wands that run along overhead powerlines like a tram, but this must charge batteries because I see them driving in areas without overhead power as well.

Todays amusing story, like many asian hotels theres a light system you can turn on to tell housekeeping to make up your room now. I generally turn this on when I go out as I assume it assists them in some way.
This morning I turned it on and walked out and the maid was standing by and tells me 'why you put light on? you wont be back for hours, I do your room when I ready!' OK I said, no problem, thank you, xie xie.
Today when I came back not only had she made the bed and changed the towels, but folded all my dirty clothes which I generally leave in a pile behind my suitcase until I leave, arranged my shampoo and hairbrush neatly, including removing all the stray hairs from my brush (I am fast going bald I think), and coiled up all my electrical and data cables for chargers and whatever I leave sprawled on the desk.
I have no idea why she did any of this.

China-Beijing-Train - Pollution has returned, I often think when formatting the photos that the white balance must be wrong or something, but its not.

Pollution has returned, I often think when formatting the photos that the white balance must be wrong or something, but its not.


China-Beijing-Train - The road is on fire! I think its steam coming from the subway, but venting this into oncoming traffic seems like a bad idea.

The road is on fire! I think its steam coming from the subway, but venting this into oncoming traffic seems like a bad idea.


China-Beijing-Train - A very large grand building, I have no idea what it is.

A very large grand building, I have no idea what it is.


China-Beijing-Train - Working train tracks in the middle of a city.

Working train tracks in the middle of a city.


China-Beijing-Train - Giant mystery chimney at the benzine factory.

Giant mystery chimney at the benzine factory.


China-Beijing-Train - One street over from the chimney, commercial district with a luxury mall behind me (I didnt bother with more mall photos, those will probably come thi

One street over from the chimney, commercial district with a luxury mall behind me (I didnt bother with more mall photos, those will probably come this evening!)


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