Leaving Beijing on laundry day

Sunny and no smog.  Downtown Beijing as seen from the east.

Sunny and no smog. Downtown Beijing as seen from the east.

When I awoke that morning (September 24, 2013)  there were beautiful clear views of the centre of the city.

Zoom in on the centre of Beijing as seen from the east.

Zoom in on the centre of Beijing as seen from the east.

…while down below, people played Jianzi in the parking lot.

…while down below, people played Jianzi in the parking lot.

After 30 posts, I have exhausted my stock of Beijing photos. But before we left we took a quick tour of the neighbourhood around our hotel, the Lijingwan International, just outside the ‘east 4th ring road middle’ near the Shilipu subway stop.

Between the market (previous post) and our hotel was a hardware store, colourful with plastic bowls and buckets.

Between the market (previous post) and our hotel was a hardware store, colourful with plastic bowls and buckets.

It was laundry day and the fence next to the canal (Google doesn't give it a name) was put to good use.

It was laundry day and the fence next to the canal (Google doesn’t give it a name) was put to good use.

Mother's little helper.

Mother’s little helper.

From baby buggy to heavy cart.

From baby buggy to heavy cart.

I did not stage this.  Well maybe a bit.  But the underwear was hanging inches to the right of where it is in the photo. (Our hotel is in the background.)

I did not stage this. Well maybe a bit. But the underwear was hanging inches to the right of where it is in the photo. (Our hotel is in the background.)

Farewell Beijing.  This is the traffic situation as we headed to the airport to fly to Xian where the adventure continued…

Bus 2

Bus 2

Next post: Xian at sundown.

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