Right now the city is empty compared to it's usually population, or at least that's what I'm told. At times I can be walking down a large street and feel completely alone as I look at skyscrapers halfway built. Construction projects stop during the cold and windy Beijing winters so there are many cranes sitting around the city, marking the spots where construction will begin as soon as the temperature goes up. I discovered a museum, the Today Art Museum, a quick walk away from where I'm living but will need to wait for it to reopen after Spring Festival before I can explore it.
Beijing will come back alive over the next week. There will be plenty more exploring to do.