Spring in Beijing

For other a month now, even more actually, since the end of the Chinese New Year I’ve been wasting my time in Beijing. Yeah, back in China!

This post is not about me and what I am doing here, but about the spring time. After the month of March with weather changing from warm to cold and vice versa, we finally get the true spring time. Oh, by the way, a friend of mine from Japan told me, they call this type of weather ????温 -??san kan shi on, literally meaning “three cold four warm” and referring to three cold days followed by four warm and so on.

Spring in Beijing

Beijing is actually looking very nice during spring with all the trees in blossom and if you get lucky to see a cloudless day – even better! If you have time I would strongly advise you to forget about everything and head to the nearest park. There’s one thing I really like in Beijing and this is parks – clean and amazingly well arranged. Feng-shui masters must have worked well before designing all these parks, I mean, when entering one of these hundred years old parks you feel GOOD! And I’ve been to one yesterday myself, the Ritan park, they say it’s one of the oldest in Beijing – had a great time!

Enjoy your spring – wherever you are in the Northern Hemisphere!

Calatoria la Bucuresti si traficul cu tigari

Impresii Bucure?tene

Casa Poporului, Bucuresti

Acum câteva zile în urm? am f?cut o c?l?torie pîn? la Bucure?ti. Nu am fost deja destul de mult timp în acest megapolis românesc ?i am observat câteva schimb?ri.
De fapt, scimb?ri esenţiale parc? nu s-au produs – la fel de aglomerat ?i poluat, la fel de murdar ?i plin de gunoaie în unele locuri, cu oameni la fel de gr?biţi mereu undeva. Nu mi se pare c? sunt mai multe ma?ini pe str?zi (de?i lumea a?a zice), dar observ mai multe ma?ini de lux. Autocarele albe moderne de la RATB (f?r? urm? de publicitate pe ele înc?) creaz? o imagine bun?, chiar îmi plac, dar din câte am înţeles au fost puse pe str?zile Bucure?tiului de ceva timp deja. Centrul capitalei nu a suferit mari schimb?ri de imagine, nu prea am observat construcţii noi, în schimb din câte am înţeles Bucure?tiul continu? s?-?i l?rgeasc? graniţile. ?n zonele limitrofe se efectuiaz? majoritatea lucr?rilor de construcţie ?i ora?ul se extinde nu doar în direcţia nord deja. Bucure?tenilor nu le pare c? au destule mall-uri ?i hipermarket-uri ?i tot continu? s? construiasc? magazine uria?e, din câte am auzit vor s? se laude degrab? cu cel mai mare hipermarket din Europa de Est.

Dar schimbarea care am observat-o ?i care m-a impresionat cel mai mult au fost oamenii!

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You Know You’ve Lived in China Too Long When…

I found a group on facebook recently with this topic and it is so funny! Well it probably would be funny for the ones who lived in China. I’ve selected just a few very best ones in my opinion here:

5. You smoke in crowded elevators.
6. All white people look the same to you.
8. You find state-employed retail staff helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
9. You no longer need tissues to blow your nose.
12. You think that the heavy air actually contains valuable nutrients that you need to stay healthy.
15. It??s OK to throw rubbish, including old fridges, from your 18th-floor window.
16. You believe that pressing the lift button 63 times will make it move faster.
17. You aren??t aware that one is supposed to pay for software.

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End of Tibetan Trip

I’m sitting in the “Music Bar” in Lhasa (the ones who’ve been here know this little cozy bar) right across Yak Hotel (the hotel I’m staying in). After our trip to EBC (Everest Base Camp) we came back to Lhasa, and now I’m the only person from our group left here. One by one they all left… it’s been 12 days now since I came from EBC. I enjoy Lhasa, I enjoy Tibet! This is one of these places you want to stay and do not want to leave, but sooner or later that must happen… and it will tomorrow.

The reason I wasn’t writing anything in my “Tibetan Travelogue” is that on the train to Lhasa my computer just crashed, I think it was altitude seekeness. Really! First my hard drive seezed to work, and that was a real trouble, but when I managed to fix I found out that many other things don’t work either along with my CDMA internet card. I was allright with the high altitude, but not my laptop! Kiwi Dave’s iPod also seezed to work after the trip on the train to Lhasa. Misterious things!

Well, anyway I decided to reinstall everything, I saved all my files on external hard drives and guess where I was installing the Windows? I am proud to announce now that my currently running Windows XP was installed on the bus during my trip through Tibet. The first part of instalation took part on Mt.Kanbala (4990m above sea level)! I wonder now how many OS’s were installed at same altitude. But the good thing is that ever since my computer is runing well. It is just me being lazy, could not find time to post some news… It is an amazing place here, you wouldn’t loose time for writing news.

On the train to Lhasa

It is 5:30 AM, I’m on the train to Lhasa somewhere near Geerdu. The train moves slowly through the vast and monotone Tibetan plateau. It is so quiet, just from time to time your eyes looking out the window can catch a spot of a distant light – the human presence. Although the temperature outside the train is -3 C, it is warm inside – we all wear t-shirts. It is a new train which has been put into operation just recently (I think it’s August or September) and this train route is a dream-project which became true. We are all exited to be on this train and the scenery we’ve seen in the moonlight (it is almost a full moon now) was amazing – magnificent mountains covered in snow moving one by one through your window. Actually Dave referred to our window as being the best LCD screen in our cabin (we also have smaller versions each on top of our beds). I hope the scenery will get even better during day, when we’ll all still sleeping probably.

PREVIOUS DAYS:

Day 1 – Flight to Xining (Xiaoshan – Shanghai – Xi’an – Xining)

Early in the morning I left my apartment in Xiaoshan where I spent previous 7 months and took the bus to Shanghai from where our trip to Tibet was about to start. We had to meet at the Pudong Airport

Day 2 – Ta’Er Monastery, … Lake and the desert in snow

Day 3 – Browsing through Xining and getting to the train to Lhasa