Happy International Labour Day! (Meaning a day off from work!)
It was one of those gray misty days with 97% humidity.
It took two Metro lines for us and Barbara & John to reach Caoyang station, where we met Tuk, Bruno and Jim. We boarded the first Line 11 train to come along, and eventually figured out we were on the right train for Anting, one of two terminal stations.
In Anting, we turned right to head south on Moyu Road, and under the Metro tracks were racks of rental/sharing bicycles. Someday we will have to learn how to use these bikes.
Passed a cement block factory, where it appeared the drivers loaded their own trucks:
This guy will need to balance his load:
Anting New Town. Also known as Weimar Villa, this is another of the "One City, Nine Towns" projects.
It is meant to look like a German town, but the German architect Albert Speer (son of Hitler's favorite architect) designed a modern German town.
Since Anting is home to several Volkswagen plants, this New Town should have worked. But the Chinese have a thing about living in buildings that face south and north. Most of the buildings here face east-west.
Deserted pedestrian street:
Tamiko is in this photo:
The original 1857 bronze double-statue by Ernst Rietschel stands in Weimar, Germany, celebrating two of the city's most famous citizens, writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.
Oops! We interpreted this "E-Shopping" as an online resource with the goods being delivered here in plastic baggage for pick-up:
New Town canal scene:
There was a bit of commerce in this town:
A lot of auto carriers:
(To our Erich: see how he spells Erich?!)
After a filling and not very expensive meal, Barbara & John headed home, and the rest of us followed Xinyuan Road towards the Anting Old Street.
Advertising for a new residential development:
On the way, we were passed by a sort of carnival-looking dragon bus that carried a band playing music. The music on the bus then clashed with the music of a fashion show at a store.
Bruno asked permission to photograph this ancient couple:
Chanting monks in the Main Hall:
Old Street bridge:
Squeezed through the crowds at the Metro station and headed home.
A typical outing in China. Thanks to everyone for joining us! And thanks to our cyber-travelers, especially to Cousin Mary!