Beijing Backpacking, Day 26: When the Sky Is Even Bluer

It's one of those mornings.
It’s one of those mornings.

IT’S THE MORNING peak. On a weekday. One station away from the CBD, and I live near a main road. And the sky is blue, not a cloud.

To be fair, this is not the first blue sky I have seen in Beijing. But this sure is the first which has lasted all day. And as much as air pollution has become a characteristic of (people’s perception of) Beijing, a sky this blue is worth a photo shoot, especially when the weather has made several people you know drift in and out of sickness. Especially when you look on the ground and the traffic is just as congested. Was this supposed to be a public holiday that I just missed out on? Apparently not.

But it’s a good opportunity to get out of work just that little bit early. Unfortunately, ‘just that little bit early’ was too late to catch the sunset from one of Beijing’s most scenic spots. Yes, despite the seemingly tortuous experience of doing it the first time, I went back to Jingshan with a friend to see what glimpse we could catch. Unfortunately we didn’t … but the clear sky made for a spectacular view of the night lights around Beijing. This one is worth a second photo for this post:

Wangfujing, and Guomao in the background, as seen from Jingshan.
Wangfujing, and Guomao in the background, as seen from Jingshan.
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