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Its been almost 3 weeks since I have put up any post on my weblog and this 20 day silence also has eclipsed my previous record of 10 days :). And hopefully I wouldn’t be setting new records of this kind in the future.

Most of my time in the last 20 days was spent at my workplace (including few weekends) and whatever spare time I had on the day was used for sleeping. I had barely any time to read my feeds or write any useful content 🙂

The same work also took me to Beijing for a week. Beijing has changed a lot since I visited last in 2005 and this was expected as the city is hosting the 2008 Olympics.

Building of these types are common across the city.

 

Even the Taxi Drivers have gone the extra mile to understand and talk a little bit of English. Also Hyundai Accent/Elantra/Sonata’s  have replaced the old VW Passat taxi’s.

More Beijing Trip photos shared here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/venukb/sets/72157602256140070/

Even though more routes have been added to the Beijing subway, the traffic reminded me of Bangalore. And the reason for the pathetic traffic condition was attributed to the explosion of private cars in the city which again is due the massive growth of Chinese economy.

Being a coffee addict and I was excited to find Starbucks in the vicinity of my hotel. However I was totally disappointed by the quality of the coffee. Beijing Starbucks is not “Starbucks” ! I am not sure of the type of coffee beans that they use here, but I had to add an extra shot of espresso for every cappucino and even then it didn’t taste like “Coffee”.

I am not planning to write a detailed travelogue of Beijing. If any of you guys are traveling/planning to travel to Beijing/China you can always ping me using the Contact page for more information 🙂

5 comments… add one

  • Shankar Ganesh Oct 13, 2007

    Welcome back.
    Looks like you had loads of work to do, food was a problem in Beijing heh? 😀

  • venukb Oct 16, 2007

    Thanks Shankar, yup now the load has reduced a little.
    Food was and will always a major problem for vegetarians like me 🙂 I finally found a Indian Restaurant named Taj and had a blast over there 🙂

  • Vasuki Oct 16, 2007

    I was wondering if somebody had kidnapped you 😉
    Good to see you back!

  • krupa Oct 24, 2007

    Do you get gobi manchurian in China?;)

  • venukb Oct 24, 2007

    Krupa, Nice to know that you too follow my blog 🙂 By the way I have also been a silent reader of your journal.

    Ah Gobi ! Nope Chinese don’t know about this vegetable ! Yet its a “chinese” dish over here in India 🙂

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