The summer in Beijing was characterised by extremes. Often really hot and dry, but with breaks for heavy rain and humidity. I am told this was an unusual year. An umbrella was a sound investment, whatever the weather!
Beijing has many attractions ad historic sites of interest. However, for the most part these are packed to the rafters with internal and/or international tourists. This picture was taken by the lake next to the Summer Palace. I went for a short walk around it, which ended up taking 2 hours!
One of the best things about Beijing for me is that I have met some great people, both through work and climbing. Here are a couple of people that have become great friends and who I will miss being around. In no particular order, it's Ben, Maggie and Si.
One thing i have really enjoyed about Beijing is the art scene, which was somewhat unexpected upon my arrival. The 798 area reminds me of Brick Lane and has been a favourite destination on many an occasion. Here are a couple of recent pics from there
The writing on the wall below is apparently a famous love poem called something along the lines of "a beautiful face amongst the peach blossoms". I didn't know this; I just thought it was cool.
All in all I will take away good memories of Beijing. That said, I miss the UK and all my friends and family. As such it's nice to winding my way back home. A couple more months and hopefully a few more pictures yet though.