My first Spring Festival

Well, so far, to my ignorant Northern European eyes, Spring Festival appears to be the best time to be in Beijing. The traffic of last week has died down. You can get tables at restaurants.

But I'm sure all this has been noted before.

I'm using the opportunity to get out of doors. Amazingly, I got to the location seen on the right by public bus!

It's the "real China" that so many of us think we'll never see, the China of all those half-forgotten National Geographic feature articles.

Amazingly, it's not all gone forever.

You can forget in Beijing, but the real China is still there.

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