Posted by: Susanne Cannon | July 9, 2010

First days in Beijing

Yesterday began with the sound of a work crew outside my hotel window.The scene was just like Kuwait: a modern office building right next to a cluster of older shops and workers unloading odds and ends of building materials, some of it carried in on a bicycle . I have been trying to upload photos, but  the computer keeps freezing up. Maybe later.

Breakfast is a big buffet,  not as lavish as the one two years ago in Shanghai, but not too far off. Japanese, Chinese, ad European sections, plus an omelet station.

Did a  bit of a walk in the neighborhood before lunch with Margaret’s friend Lianne Li, who heads up a digital media firm. There is a nearby hutong, one of very few being preserved, and we are right in the midst of  shopping strip and  about a block from a multistory mall featuring Gucci, Kiton, Bottega Veneta, etc. Dinner was  on the fifth floor in a branch of the famous Da Dong restaurant, where we had Peking duck and an amazing array of other dishes, finishing up with deep fried apples and spun sugar. With any luck I can upload pictures of all of this later!

Rain moved in late in the day and I found out that my supposedly freshly waterproofed raincoat wasn’t. Ended up totally drenched through to my skin on the short walk between the restaurant and the hotel, and probably ruined my Taryn Rose pumps!

The trip to Tiananmen, Forbidden Palace and then Summer Palace is pretty overwhelming, all in one day.  The scale is far more than I imagined.

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