Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Springtime in Beijing

The snow and ice are gone, the temperature has changed from freezing to scorching in a matter of weeks, and there are huge white balls of fluffy pollen in the air outside of my window everyday. Springtime is officially here.

So far, springtime means bicycling through the hutongs, sitting at sidewalk cafes eating ice cream sundaes or slurping pots of Beijing yoghurt and dragonboating. Recently we've even had a string of blue sky days, perfect for bicycling across town and up through the university campuses in Haidian and looking at fountains in the park.

My plans for dragonboat paddling practice tonight were changed at the last moment - due to a spring downpour. Lightning and open water sports don't mix.

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