Olympics In The Air

Olympics In The Air

Olympic Ceremony

Here you will see Beijing’s famous Bird’s Nest, constructed to seat more than 100,00 fans of the Olympic Games.  Both the Opening and Closing Ceremony were held here.  The closer building is the Olympic Aquatic Center.  You may remember a young Michael Phelps winning an amazing 8 Gold Medals for the US Swim Team.

Flame Broiled

Flame Broiled

Torched

After a long day of touring Beijing companies our route back to the hotel takes us past the Olympic Torch.  The Olympic Flame has, of course, since moved on.

Baidu

Baidu

How do you say it?

On October 22 the group visited Baidu.  Some say it is the Chines Google.  Others say it is the eventual replacement of Google.

83rd Floor

83rd Floor

The Beijing VIP List

At one point or another everyone sought the comforts of home.  For these three is was VIP treatment on the 83rd floor Jazz Club.  And oh yeah, the vocalist was from Ohio.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Press And Fold

At one point or another everyone would run out of clothes.  Some chose to outsource laundry service.  Curious how an entire duffle of dirty clothes is returned as a neatly compact package of clean clothes.

From Here To There

From Here To There

Even the walkways were filled with beauty

Within the walls of the Forbidden City were many many buildings, all interconnected with walkways similar to this one.

Inside The Forbidden City

Inside The Forbidden City

9999 Rooms

A tour of The Forbidden City, with its incredible architecture.

Chairman Mao

Chairman Mao

He is everywhere!

Chairman Mao is everywhere.  This painting of him is displayed outside The Forbidden City.  He influence in government molded the country into what is fondly referred to as The People’s Republic Of China

Garden In The Square

Garden in the Square

Flowers at Tiananmen Square

Even on a day such as this, not even the overcast skies (or is it the smog) can take away from the beauty that can be seen at the Tiananmen Square.  This is one of many gardens on location adorned with colorful, flowering plants.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

Government Building

One of the many Government buildings in Beijing, this one just happens to be across from Tiananmen Square.