The other day, I had a dentist's appointment on an even day, but the car we had had an odd number license plate, which meant that I couldn't go into town with the car. (China has started an odd-even license plate rotation to cut down on pollution.) So this meant that I had to use public transportation, which I did. Since I had a couple of hours, some money, and a camera, I decided to snap some pictures with my dad and pick up some Olympic tickets for my aunt and cousins.
So first, since there are no buses or subway stations anywhere near us,
we had to take a taxi to get into town (Taxis are exempt from the
odd-even regulations). The taxi ride was about 45 minutes, and
then we decided to take a ¥2 (30 cents) subway ride. Once you get on
the subway, you can get to the Olympic subway line, and from there, you
can go to most of the venues.
We decided to go down to where there was
a connection to the Airport Express Train. Tickets were ¥25 ($3.50) and
the train ride was about 20 minutes.
We went inside the airport and
went up to Burger King (the only one in all of Beijing!)
and got two
sundaes before snapping some pictures of the new Terminal 3 (the
largest airport terminal in the world. It was also built for the
Olympics). Then we took the elevator down to the second floor.
cameras and media waiting for Olympic athletes to arrive.
Then we headed
down to catch a taxi and get my teeth attended to.
For dinner, we went to a Middle Eastern restaurant close to the new
American Embassy, which President Bush will open on the morning of
August 8th. My dental place is also close to the embassy. After dinner,
we took a taxi and went home.