This cracked me up. This sign is in the airport’s new T3. It helpfully tells us we are here, at 2F. Unfortunately it gives no type of reference as to where 2F is in relation to anywhere you may want to go.
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But, being here 1 day before 08/08/08, my co-worker Yvonne and I had to check out the most famous things – the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. Hundreds of other people also had this idea!
by emily on August 7, 2008
by emily on August 6, 2008
Here is one article with lots of good links, like to BeijingAirBlog.com and Clean Air Initiatives Asia. Here are photos of US athletes wearing masks in the airport. That got a lot of attention, but no one mentions that locals wear those surgical masks a lot too!
I just learned that the average Air Pollution Index in Beijing is 100, which is six and a half times the World Health Organization’s guidelines for long-term exposure. Great. Shanghai’s is lower, but not that much lower!!
by emily on August 5, 2008
The Chinese version of the Keyframe logo animation, created by Hugo.
Unfortunately, my laptop crashed! I was working the next day and it crashed. Then repeatedly blue-screened before even getting to the login screen. I was pretty freaked out that all of my data would be lost! That day I flew back to Shanghai and our wonderful IT guys Aaron and Michael had a new laptop waiting for me AND got all of my data off my old one. Whew.
by emily on July 26, 2008
Security in Beijing is really up. So you definitely want to get there a few hours early (usually to only sit on a delayed plane.) But, due to enough frequent flyer miles on United, Jon and I have access to the business class lounge so we can chill out and work (or not if your laptop is dead) or read while killing a couple hours.
Only half the private cars are on the road. At first I was really confused – the city seemed so empty but it should have been filling up for the Olympics? Then I figured it out… half the cars made it seem like there were a lot less people. There is a special lane for Olympic vehicles too.
The airport is new and nice. I did notice that they just fixed some Chinglish too. The escalators used to have signs that said “Take care of oldster and children” but they’ve changed it to “Take care of elderly and children.” I should have gotten a photo earlier.
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In China, it is not considered rude to stare, and since us foreigners look so different, we get stared at a lot. (More than we are used to, anyway.)
When we were in Beijing for a meeting, we had a group of Dakkies at a construction site. The workers were breaking for lunch or something, and I got a video clip of all of the workers doing double-takes as they walked past our group.
My co-worker told me that the term for this is “hui tou lv” meaning head back-turn rate. If a girl has a high hui tou lv, she gets a lot of second glances!
by emily on May 23, 2008
Daktronics has a certain arena where certain games are being played at a certain big event in August. It was my first time to see our stuff in this arena. It was actually smaller than I thought it would be. Still cool though!
by emily on April 12, 2008
We were too late to go to the Forbidden City, but I got a great photo of one of the towers. Daktronics has a project there and one of the guys will give us a private tour. He has worked there for many years and even gave Jon a book of his own photography of the city he had published!
by emily on October 21, 2007
This is what is pretty gross about China. People (especially kids) will pee or poop anyway. Not in a bush, or grass, or on a tree. Anywhere in front of anyone. This mom helped her kid pee in Tiananmen Square! I saw another kid squatting in front of Mao’s Mausoleum! MAO’S TOMB! Nothing is sacred!
There was a virtual geocache at this monument that we logged too! We had to take a photo of us with the GPS to prove we were there.
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Then we went to the Sacred Way, which has animals on both sides of the wide paved path. It was nice and there was a virtual geocache there!
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We saw hundreds of people going to the right on the wall, so we went to the right. And we discovered why there weren’t so many people going that way – it was super steep!! We climbed a part of it with steps that were more like a ladder.