We were so glad we already went to the Great Wall and other big Beijing tourist spots last time we were there so we didn't have to fight the crowds. We were also really glad that they installed a bunch of normal toilets for the Olympics so we didn't have to deal with these ones again. It was funny though, on our overnight train there were foot prints (nice big dirty ones) on the toilet seat. I guess some people just really like the squatter style.
Beijing, like Shanghai, has some pretty cool architecture. Obviously the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube are pretty good examples. This is Dave's favorite building:There's really modern stuff, then really traditional, or French...all kinds of varieties.
It was so interesting to see all the measures they took to make the area around the Olympics nice. I liked these flower beds lining the streets.This picture is to show the license plates. To help the air quality during the Olympics they only let cars with license plates that ended in odd numbers drive one day, then even numbers the next. This was an even day. They also closed down a bunch of factories and bussed all the poor factory workers out of the city.
This is the silk market. Any knock-off you want you can find it here. It was definitely quite a tourist destination because there were people and Olympians crawling all over the place. We met the American rowers who won the bronze medal there and Dave talked to some Australian swimmers. We had dinner next to a French basketball broadcaster and met the German sailing team. I even got to speak some Romanian (that's where I went on my mission) with some guys who were with the Romanian gymnasts.
Those red backpacks are what they give out to the Olympians...we sure saw a lot of them there!It was so interesting to think about the one-child rule. So many people had their one child with them at the Olympics. These kids are just so darn doted on. I took the above picture because it's just so typical to see kids with both their parents and their grandparents. Right before I took this picture all four of them were just coddling this sweet baby...making sure the sun wasn't on her, getting her all situated.
Gotta love the McDonalds bike...