Today was a quiet, rainy day. Since the schedule is going to get very busy soon, I tried to take it easy, planning and exploring the area with Ling, my roommate and fellow educator. We saw some of the quiet side of Beijing — exploring a local park, ducking into alleyways, checking out random shops, and figuring out how to safely cross multi-lane highways. While this city is full of many, many people, it’s clear that there’s plenty of space for everyone.
Just outside of the bustling cityscape near our hotel, we happened across this awesome park.
This man was hanging out in the park doing impressive tricks with a kind of popular yo yo here.
On the other side of the park, there was a little river, which appeared to have lower water levels than usual.
A veggie market we visited off the main street. We didn’t end up buying dragon fruit, lychees, or peaches, but I plan to taste test them soon!
A rare sight in Beijing — a stretch of empty road.