Beijing is an impressive city – and this is after only a half day or so! People keep telling us about the amazing transformation that has occurred in China and it is clear that this is true. There is construction everywhere in Beijing, so much so that they say that the (construction) crane is the national bird of China. There are many new buildings and highways and everything that you would expect to see in a modern capital city.
Still, there is much that is foreign and different to us here as was evidenced by just a brief walk in the neighborhood. We went searching for some basics like an ATM, bottled water, an internet cafe, coffee shops, etc. Below is a picture of Jeff, a fellow Fulbrighter, trying to inquire about an internet connection.