Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beijing - Part Two

We found Beijing transportation to be much improved. Here's a portion of the 2nd Ring Road with bus stops on both sides. Also, Metro Line 2 circles around underneath the 2nd Ring Road. Lots of options.
2nd Ring Road - Beijing, China

Metro Line 2 quickly became a favorite.
Beijing, China

Not to mention the bike lanes. ;-)
Beijing, China

We met up twice with our friend Jin Yi to visit the trendy revitalized warehouses of the 798 Art Zone, and then the Capital Museum.
This space was once a factory. Check out the Maoist slogans on the ceiling.
Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Capital Museum.
Beijing, China

Lunch at Jin Yi's fav baozi (steamed bun) restaurant.
Beijing, China

As our hotel was in the old hutongs (alleys) we were able to enjoy some local color like this state-of-the-art dog proof tire protection system.
Beijing, China

And touring tourists.
Beijing, China

Beijing, China

And become regulars at Hangzhou Stuffed Bun House, the corner restaurant.
Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Many Beijing BBQ joints sport distinctive neon signs in the shape of meat on a skewer. This one is just down the street from Hangzhou House.
Beijing, China

The 2008 Olympic Park was impressive even though Olympics are long over. National Stadium (Bird's Nest).
Beijing, China

The Water Cube from 2008 will host ice skating if Beijing snags the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Beijing, China

These older guys are using part of the Olympic Park to keep fit.
Beijing, China

The circa 2008 National Theatre is adjacent to Tiananmen Square.
National Theater - Beijing, China

Two views of Tiananmen. Towards Chairman Mao and the Forbidden City, and towards Sun Yat Sen with the Monument to the People's Heroes and Mausoleum of Mao Zedong behind.
Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Last but not least, Beibingyang Soda, a local lemony favorite.
Beijing, China

2 comments:

thursdaysd said...

Looking at the first couple of pictures I was thinking how very different Beijing looks than it did when I first went in 1997, but the hutong pics look more familiar.

john said...

@Kathy, Beijing does look different; improved in our opinion.