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This one is for all my friends and family. You know who you are.
Here are the cliff notes:
Lead up stress & terror completely unnecessary. Haven’t had any issues being understood or getting the essentials.
Landed on my feet and have made a few friends from where I’m staying
A full strength 600ml beer costs 60 cents (AUD)
Jumped on a bike a went for a ride. A big surprise is how laid back this city is – everyone takes their time and while it’s certainly busy – it’s not manic (like Hong Kong for instance)
Beijing is a VERY clean city (way cleaner than Brisbane), there is no trash anywhere. But unfortunately, it still looks dirty because of all the dust that blows in from the north. It reminds me of what Brisbane looked like a month after the floods – like it needs a good hose down.
There seems to be a battle between old and new. I’ve seen a lot of big brand new buildings standing next to old crappy buildings (not the historic style). Development seems to be a bit hap-hazard.