We got up early and went out to see the real Beijing. Crowded buses, passing cars, people walking fast from subway stations - usual scene like Japan. People riding on bicycles and motor cycles.
A big difference is that there are separated lanes for bikes. Also the motor cycles are mostly electric. Very silently running. Much advanced to Japan.
For breakfast we settled down at a doujiang restaurant, Yonghe doujiang.
Doujiang and youtiao, in 14RMB for two. It's cheep, but the price difference with Japanese are getting less, when we see 100yen McDonalds and 230yen beef bowl of Sukiya. When the exchange rate is changed in the future and RMB becomes strong, the price difference should be reversed. In the near future, Chinese people may say "Oh, it's cheep!" at a Japanese restaurant.
I had some time before leave, then I went to a tea shop as my wife requested. Walking down from Qianmen station of Line 2, you see nice Chinese style streets.
Zhangyiyuan tea house
After that we left Beijing and went to Luoyang for our business.
We took a domestic flight, but the passengers were very international, not only Chinese. We felt the energy of China.
A half piece of duck is good enough for two. We ordered another dish and two bottles of beer, 280RMB in total.
But it was hard to talk in Mandarin. I can speak what I want, but understand half of that they speak.
Every time I came from Taiwan, I am reminded to study harder. But the next time comes early before I study enough.
What I found: - from PC Twitter was not accessible as spoken. Google (Japan) was accessible but search words were limited. Yahoo!Japan could be accessible to search, but the result links were not accessible, mostly blogs. gmail was accessible.
- from iphone (roaming access on bridge to China Unicom) Twitter was accessible. Posting was successful. Google map was accessible. Facebook was accessible.
Yesterday we probably got snow on the mountain. Urahiyo should be refreshed.
We were the first to the trail.
Very cold as radiation cooling.
Pretty much new snow. We make a trail now.
Sooner, I slipped and my climbing skins were removed and covered by the snow. Gecko's climbing skins can hardly be recovered if covered by the snow. Struggling about 30mins to recover, now ready to restart. This trouble eventually made my friend Yoshi make a trail. Sorry.
Urahiyo has no trails.
Very nice powder, but too much and heavy to go down fast.
My climbing skins got trouble again when climbing.
The visibility became bad and I could not enjoy fully. Well, the powder was good.
Today we planned to climb to Wakaguri, but it was hard to make a trail and my skins were not good to make it. Sorry, my friend.
Climbing three times and going back to the south.
Nicer than we expected. Pretty much enjoyed.
Movie of today.
Then we got ramen at Yaen, then brought Yoshi to Saitama for the road to US. Picking my wife up at Meguro and came back to Hakuba, with 600km round trip.
We wish to see Yoshi in Utah again with drinking beer.