july

Good that the Beijing summer is much warmer than Glasgow. Not so good – the humidity is up. But thanks to welcome visitors we’ve had some fun…

Jing Jing returned from being baby sat by one of Matt's helpful colleagues, not quite the usual engineering challenge
Jing Jing returned from being baby sat by one of Matt’s helpful colleagues, not the usual engineering challenge
Zoe, all the way from Hong Kong, outside Capital M restaurant - long established in China - Australian
Zoe, all the way from Hong Kong, outside Capital M restaurant – long established in China – celebrating Australian “fine dining”

glazed ceramic roof tiles
glazed ceramic roof tiles at Tiantan [temple of heaven] park
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beautiful parks
one of the beautiful [unexpected] local parks
startlingly green
startling bright green and a strange stone – actually there’s a whole separate park nearby dedicated to “strange stones”
reflection
reflection
Joe at Houhai lake - unfortunately the least inspiring coffee shop but hey nice view
Joe at Houhai lake – unfortunately the least inspiring coffee shop – but hey nice view
the lake at night
the same lake at night
798 art district
798 art district- ┬ápo-mo, post-industrial, neoliberal – good, clean, family fun [and toilets]
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more 798
dramatic thunderstorm - an hour of continuous lightning, localised ankle deep flooding and amongst it all an army of drain unblockers and people with suction machines ensured the city traffic halted for the merest second only
dramatic thunderstorm – an hour of continuous lightning, localised ankle deep flooding and amongst it all an army of drain unblockers and people with suction machines ensuring the city traffic halted for the merest second only
summer flooding - no problem!
summer flooding – no problem!
not the tour de France -might have been uphill but at least they had clean air
[not] the tour de France – probably couldn’t cycle up Mont Ventoux pollution or no pollution
rounded off with Beijing aquarium - no matter how busy the UK tourist spots are in the school hols - this definitely takes the biscuit !
rounded off with a visit to Beijing aquarium – a popular destinition for families with school age kids, definitely not best suited to the animal residents but surprisingly better than expected, hard to describe the crowds, this picture tries to give a glimpse of China on holiday
boy looks at fish
boy looks at fish
our local stray looking quite picturesque in the stairwell
back to normal routine – our local stray looking quite picturesque in the stairwell
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