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Old January 31st, 2010, 04:09 AM   #201
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BEIJING'S PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Beijing subway system has been existent since 1971. In recent years, new lines have been built corresponding to Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics. Currently, Beijing has 9 subways lines.

















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Old January 31st, 2010, 04:14 AM   #202
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Beijing also boasts of its electric buses that ply the city's major streets. They kinda look like trams but without the rails, and of course, they look like buses. Cool transport really.





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Old January 31st, 2010, 05:47 AM   #203
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What's the time you take the pic in the subway station
why there is so little people?
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Old January 31st, 2010, 11:55 AM   #204
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I think it was mid-day of Saturday.
I'm actually surprised that Beijing's public places, streets and public transport are not crowded considering the city's huge population.
If you will notice, the pictures that I have been posting do not show any throng of people at all.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 12:20 PM   #205
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Lucky. This is the Xizhimen subway entrance during peak hour.....

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Old January 31st, 2010, 01:34 PM   #206
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Wow... lucky me I did not experience that while in Beijing.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:57 AM   #207
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THE ROAD TO THE GREAT WALL

There are several sites to view the Great Wall of China but the most popularr is at Badaling, 75 kilometers northwest from Beijing.











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Old February 1st, 2010, 10:01 AM   #208
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Along the way, construction of Disneyland (?) is ongoing...






And then the Great Wall started to appeared...





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A bit more of driving...







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The Great Wall.. closing in











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Old February 2nd, 2010, 11:45 AM   #211
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THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is likely the most popular and therefore the most touristy and developed.

The entrance gate




You can hike up snaking sections of the wall, enter the watchtowers and see distant views.




And so the uphill hike begins...




A closer look at one of the watch towers





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Old February 2nd, 2010, 11:48 AM   #212
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Window view




Different shades of the mountainside






Outside, trickles of left over snow are everywhere




Some watch towers are isolated and detached from the wall



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Old February 2nd, 2010, 11:54 AM   #213
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The steepest portion of the wall hike...






Another watch tower











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Climbing further...








The basic structural component of the wall, a mere stone block, cut to precision...



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Going back downhill is a different view









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Looking back in amazement to one of the world's man-made wonders







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We went up the exact same path on the wall! I went there in Jan 09 and it was bone-biting cold too. Nice to see the Olympics sign is still up there.

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I think it was -15 deg C when I was there. I wasn't able to reach the highest watch tower... Can't stand the freezing gust.
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Thanks for your great Beijing & Great Wall photos!

I have never seen such blue-sky photos of Beijing and am very surprised...
(I was kind of expecting more smoggy sky)
The sky is very blue and it looks like Beijing is a very clean city. Did you feel so yourself?
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