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Good morning, Beijing

Posted by Scott LaPierre  August 4, 2008 06:13 AM

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The video above is a short timelapse of dawn over part of Beijing. The soundtrack is some drive-time radio I tuned into as the timelapse was being taken. As you'll hear, I caught a good chunk of English-lesson radio, which was also playing in several of the cabs I've taken. In the lead-up to the games, English newspaper The Independent reported, Beijing cab drivers were encouraged to learn not just basic English but also chit-chatty English like, "Is this seat taken?", or, "Did you know China raised petrol prices for the first time in 18 months the other day? Analysts say it is because of the rising cost of oil around the world." I've yet to have a cab driver who can say more than 'hello,' but this is totally fair in my opinion since it's almost all I can really say in Mandarin.

Also of interest in the video: the morning sky is clear blue. As in, no perceptible smog. Which, until today (Monday, which is on the gray side) has been my experience of the past week Beijing.

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4 comments so far...
  1. I don't want to put you in trouble.

    Posted by Jared August 4, 08 03:01 PM
  1. i so want to go to beijing now and see the same ugly concrete buildings that the BRA here in boston loves so much and order a latte. idiots. and this is worth destroying the city that marco polo saw?

    Posted by Mark Hanser August 4, 08 03:19 PM
  1. Frankly, I just want this Olympics thing quickly over with. As a Chinese who has lived in the U.S. for 16 years, I have become to pessimist. One day we may come to realize that the human race is not fit to live peacefully on this crowded planet. From the terrorist attack this morning to recently controversies around Olympics, Tibet, China, pollution, human rights, I am experiencing anxiety and depression.

    Just leave people alone, would you? No more Olympics and China news any more..........

    Posted by George Shen August 4, 08 05:52 PM
  1. cheer up folks, this is history in the making! I can't wait for the olympics to begin. Thank you VZ fios for the added basketball and soccer olympics stations. I have eight stations showing the games, and will be watching as much as possible.

    Posted by Ray August 4, 08 10:22 PM
 

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