This week's Picture of the Week is of the Beijing National Aquatics Center, better known as the Water Cube. It was the site of the aquatics (swimming and diving) competitions at the 2008 Olympics.
When I travel, there are a lot of things I try to look out for. But there's one particular travel goal that perhaps sets me apart from many other travelers. I love visiting Olympic stadiums.
Picture of the Week: Bird’s Nest National Stadium (Beijing, China)
2011 was a fruitful year of travel for me. I visited a few more new cities and countries, and revisited old favorites. Here is a collection of twelve photographs - one for each month - that captured what my 2011 in travel was like.
Tiananmen Gate is one of the most iconic landmarks of Beijing. Originally built in 1420, it now famously features a portrait of Mao Zedong.
The temptation of taking off to Shanghai for even a short trip was too great for me to ignore. With the new high-speed train in operation, it would be very easy to hop on a train, see a bit of Shanghai, then head back to Beijing.
I’d previously come up with a list of things I wanted to do in Beijing. I’m happy to say that I did most of those things on the list, but with one notable exception.
On Wednesday morning, I’ll be flying to Beijing. This will be my first ever trip to China, so naturally I’m more than a little excited. It seems like there’s so much to do in Beijing. Here are some things I definitely want to do while I’m actually there.
Last Thursday, I woke up hungover shortly before 11am. Upon gathering my senses, I decided I was going to China on the following week. Three hours after waking up and making that decision, I got my Chinese visa approved. Incredible? Sort of.