Beijing No Longer The City of Bikes
Beijing, "The Northern Capital", is no longer the "city of bikes". There were a lot of bikes but far fewer than I expected, but there were also a lot of cars. Naturally it was the bikes, not the cars that caught my photographer's eye. Bikes are a cheap mode of transportation in this flat city and can easily be turned into any kind of transportation vehicle. On our first morning in Beijing we were taken by bus for a tour of the city. I didn't notice a lot of pollution in the air as much as I noticed it was very windy and a lot of dust blowing. We were told this is sand being blown in from the Golbi Desert to he west. All construction sites, and there were lots of them, are required to cover mounds of dirt and sand with nets to prevent them from being blown away. Needless to say there was a lot of construction taking place - both to modernize the city and also to prepare for the 2009 Olympic Games.
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