Smog, Smell, Scenery, Spit, Strong Scents and Savory Foods - Beijing, China
When we arrived in Beijing the first thing i noticed was the sky. It wasn't blue. Smog. Unfortunately the sky was filled with the thick and heavy substance. The air was filled with the scent of an extremely exotic, hot and stuffy kitchen. So add in the Indian spices and the boiling stew pots and there you have it. Beijing sky. It wasn't revolting. It gave you a warm stuffy feeling. Something a Chinese Canadian traveler wasn't used to.
Luckily for us, the day we arrived in Beijing was the only day that was smoggy. The rest of the time we spent in China had blue sky! With a side of rainy clouds but i enjoy rain so it was okay.
The traffic is insane as well. It isn't chaotic, but if you see a small spot to cut in, you just go for it and the car behind you won't ram into you. And anywhere, especially near a street you'll constantly hear honking. See my 101 advice to cross the streets of Beijing like a local. It's worth the minute of your life to read it.
We stayed in a super cozy apartment with a great view of the modern architecture on one end and the little streets and alleys of the reserved Ancient China area. Oh and by the way, we were on the 18th floor of the apartment so we could see EVERYTHING! I took a bunch of photos at 3:55am with the morning traffic. Due to jetlag. But i fell asleep at 8:30 so it was reasonable to wake up early.
Anyways, in the days that we were in Beijing we roamed the ancient little alleys and took the modern architectural scenic routes. Awesome. The best part of it was the FOOD. A full meal including 5 large noodle bowls, 4 Chinese pancake things, another soup bowl and 8 dumplings cost about 15CNY (15 Yuan) which is equivalent to 2.95$CAD. Literally everything is so cheap here!!
Probably because they were made in China. *insert laugh here*
Ok back on task. The food is delicious. But something that is NOT as delicious, is the fact that people everywhere, just spit. Alot. It's part of a regular thing they do, so it isn't disturbing to them. But to me, it is quite disturbing. No offense but it kind of reminds me of llamas. Only that these llamas make really good food. Sorry that was rude :/
Alright! I'm done with this part of Beijing. I'm making a part.2 of Beijing soon. Hahaha this is much funner than school. Bye!