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Beijing 2008

Olympic Sculpture

Olympic Lamp Post

Geometric Sculpture

Pineapples

Pineapple Vendor

Civilized Chaoyang 1

Civilized Chaoyang 2

Birds Nest Side

Birds Nest Front

Brian at Birds Nest

Water Cube

Olympic Sculpture 2

Olympic Sculpture 3

Billiards Player Closeup

Woman Plays Billiards

Drinking Fountains Sculpture

Beautiful Art Sign

Glass Flower Sculpture

Take Care of Sculpture

IBM Building

Empty Street in Beijing

22 April 2011

By Friday I was feeling quite a bit better. The rain on Thursday had cleared the air, and I was able to catch up on my sleep to some extent. After a leisurely breakfast we headed out to visit the site of the 2008 Olympics. On the way out, we passed by a vendor who was selling pineapples. We had been seeing them in different places around the city, carved in a very distinctive pattern, and looking juicy and delicious. Later in the day we bought one and took it home, and it was as tasty as it looked.

We took the subway, and had to transfer to a different line. Even after a half hour or so, we were still within the Chaoyang district of Beijing (have I mentioned that Beijing is really, really huge?) There were some very eye-catching signs promoting Chaoyang that I had seen in a few other places, but this time they had pictures of the Olympic buildings on them.

Walking along from the subway station towards the now-famous Birds Nest stadium building was a very long walk indeed. It was easy to imagine this whole area being mobbed with people during the Olympics, but it was almost completely empty now. Nonetheless it was great to have a chance to see the Birds Nest structure up close, as well as the Water Cube building.

In addition to the Olympic buildings, there was a park with a lot of very impressive sculptures by local artists. We had a relaxing time walking around looking at everything and taking pictures. After this we wanted to head over to the 798 Art Zone, but the idea of walking all the way back to the subway station was a bit daunting, so we hopped in a taxi and headed off to our next destination.

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