Ten mere metro stops away, we found a completely awesome world--the hutongs!!! Beijing leveled most of these dwellings for the Olympics--such a shame. This neighborhood survived, however.
We hopped in this enthusiastic guy's rickshaw and took a ride through the hutongs. We'd been warned that they try to rip you off. We must be acclimating because we got him waaaaaaay down! Bless this guy's heart--his English was pretty darn good.
Don't you hate it when your tutu gets in a wad???
Sometimes I hit a photographic home run and don't even know it until I blow it up.
"Yes, you do, Mad. Bwawck...yes you do!"
Our tour took us up close and personal right into this couple's kitchen!! I suppose they get some sort of kick-back for going all Truman Story-ish!!
These flowers were wired on!! I could so do this in Brrrrrrrr Lake!!
Sometimes a man just needs boxes.
I've been trying to catch a kid in the act for 18 months! Nailed it!
We read about this place in the paper last week!
Paco indulged. I found the coarse, donkey-sized hair I found on it a bit off putting.
"Confucius say: American who wear Don Ho shirt to China need wardrobe overhaul."
He looks a tad leery--
Mom slips him a little something.
Just a quick peeky peeky...
We wonder if these dwellings are the Beijing equivalent of SoHo lofts. They're in a superior location and beat the heck out of a 15 story apartment building!
Oftentimes I think China needs a good Earth Day clean-up project...that lasts a month!!
Aaaannnnd here we have our granny panties hanging out to dry for ALL the world to see!
So so very pleasant! Happy Spring to All!