Sometimes I get a little miffed at folks who down China for their polluted air. Yes, the air in many Chinese cities can be very polluted, just as some American cities. But Beijing has many, many beautiful blue sky days. They also, however, have many, many "bad air" days. On these days you will find yourself coughing and wondering if you have a cold. Nope....it's just the heavy pollution in the air. On really bad days, the Chinese will say, "Yes, it's very foggy today!" ha I ALWAYS say, "Hey, that is NOT fog. It's SMOG!" What can I say? Chinese folks don't like to say bad things about their country. It's kinda nice. But smog is smog.....NOT fog! So here's a pic I've taken from my apt on a blue sky day:
Beautiful, right? And here's a photo I snapped this morning from basically the exact same position:
Huge difference. :) As I write this....the air is blowing and there's thunder and distant lightening. It won't surprise me at all if I soon hear big booms of "cloud seeding chemicals" being shot into the clouds to ensure a bit of rain to wash away the smog...uh, "fog!"
Moving on. A couple of nights ago I dropped by a shopping plaza fairly close to my apt. where I enjoy shopping at "Bon Jour," a French supermarket chain here. Outside the plaza there are many, many street vendors with their wares laid out on the plaza. On this night, I noticed a man pushing his bicycle along with a big bunch of cricket cages! I snapped a couple of photos. Folks love their fighting crickets here.
Each little bamboo cage holds one cricket! There was also a guy selling rabbits ands hamsters and he even had a couple of young puppies in a box. Rabbits are popular pets here in Beijing. And the yellow hanging things to the left each hold one small goldfish. Kinda sad as they certainly can't really swim around.
and one more photo of the cricket cage man:
A few nights ago all my colleagues went to our favorite eating/watering hole, La Bamba, to celebrate James' and William's birthdays (31 and 30, respectively). It was a GREAT evening at La Bamba complete with half-priced drinks and delicious Mexican food. Photos, you ask? Of course. But not tonight. Another time. It's now raining heavily. Perhaps those chemicals weren't needed after all. LL, T.