The General Consensus Is Better Air in Beijing

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Here is a panorama shot I took on my smartphone. I was lying down on a bench at the time of the shot. That’s the kind of weather we have been having here lately: mid seventies and blue skies. What more could a guy ask for?

It seems like the pollution is getting better in Beijing. At least, that is what you hear anecdotally. I had dinner with an old china hand last night that was passing through town. He remarked on how clean the air seemed.

While that person doesn’t live in China full-time anymore, and any one person’s opinion on such a large-scale problem hardly seems reliable, I think that it’s safe to say that his comment reflects the general consensus.

We still get very bad smog here, but it does seem like the stretches of good days are getting longer and longer.

I like these days because it puts everyone in a better mood. I spent most of the day around my apartment waiting on the property management to come by and I didn’t mind it at all. Everyone was smiling – even the property management people.

After everything was taken care of, I rode out of my compound in shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals – thinking about what I might have for dinner under the sashay of summer’s green branches.

In the end, I decided upon Xingjiang Barbecue (串儿). A summer night classic.

 

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