Beijing is unrecognizable …

… In a good way. Let’s get the smog report out of the way first. Yep. It’s hazy. I saw the sun, way up there, but overall the place is blanketed by a fug. Not to be an apologist, but I’ve seen worse near the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.

What’s different?

  1. No traffic. The even-odd car restrictions are working.
  2. Olympic VIP lanes zip things right along … if you’re on Olympic business.
  3. Trees. Tons of trees. The landscaping effort is astonishing. Sprinkers blasting away.
  4. Clean. Nary a speck of litter
  5. Security — pretty tight getting into my hotel, into the health club, etc.Lot of citizen “deputies”

Cross-eyed with jet-lag. To bed.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

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