Beijing 2009 - First Impressions
I was expecting Beijing to be a BIG city, but wasn't prepared for how big it actually was. Another big surprise was how well-planned and systematic every thing seem to be. The roads were great, and landscaping is really amazing - it seemed like every square inch was covered with planting of some sort. The pre-Olympics sprucing up must have done wonders. Another great thing was we had about 3 days of blue skies on our 7 day trip, not a bad average for Beijing which is infamous for its haze.
Cars, pedestrians and motorbikes co-exist quite well in the city. There were a lot less bicycles then I expected.
Some parts of the city is like any big metropolis in the World.