到了

I finally arrived in China – or as you would say in Chinese: 我到了北京 (wo dao le Beijing). I had a very smooth flight, the plane in which I got to China along with a bunch of other ECCS students was never getting into any turbulences at all. However, I was not feeling really save when there was an announcement (still standing at Frankfurt airport in Germany) that was as followed: “If there’s (still) a technician aboard, please come to see the pilot.” It sounded much like an announcement to see whether there’s a doctor aboard – just to ask a doctor who is a passenger by chance to help out. So to me it sounded like they were looking whether any of the passengers was able to fix some technical issues at the plane…
But we got to Beijing without any trouble. Once we arrived one could see what the captain had meant by saying “Beijing’s weather today will be very hazy – as always”. For me it was some sort of shock because you don’t only notice the bad air quality by being unable to see further than 2 km but also, once you got out of the airport, you could smell it after taking a few breaths of Beijing air.

We were then taken to the University where my landlord was waiting for me. He took me to my apartment (two rooms, a small kitchen and bathroom for a roommate and me – my roommate will join me the day after tomorrow). He later on picked me up to take me to a nearby supermarket. When I got back from there, I just wanted to get a little rest but I fell asleep at once – if I hadn’t set up my alarm clock I guess I would still be sleeping at this very moment…

From the airport we were picked up with a bus from the university. On our way into the city we passed the stadium (or rather the construction site of the stadium) for the 2008 Olympics. Beijing traffic does not really seem to follow strict rules: Honking is omnipresent, and even traffic lights seem only to be a good orientation about whether to go or not. There are a ton of bicycles and people walking on the sidewalks but only very few motorbikes that were very popular in Taiwan. When I was sitting in the car with my landlord I got the impression that it’s not really safe to be a pedestrian or a biker. But lateron, when I went to a bank on foot, I thought it was all right. It might be very useful to get a bike to get around more easily. I think I will soon get a used one and hit the road.

So I hope I’ll be able to recover from the jet lag soon and explore the area around campus.

(PS: This is a text written on February 26, but I wasn’t able to post it and put it online until now – sorry!)

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3 Responses to “到了”

  1. feaverman Says:

    Yeah Matthias,

    Now we really got something to put you down. Not putting that post online when you’re in China. Shame over you. Nice job on the header image by the way. I hope you recovered from your jetlag and things are going well.

  2. beijing07 Says:

    Hi Reza! Thanks for your notes. Actually it is not that easy to write a blog from China – wordpress.com is blocked by the government. So I can’t write anything from an Internet cafe.

  3. Beijing Bicyles « Beijing 2007 Says:

    […] Remember what I was writing about the chaotic traffic with the constant sound honking? Actually I still think that it sometimes is really chaotic, but at the same time you see the traffic from a different perspective once you become a participant. Although the “rules” known in Europe are often ignored, you get a feeling when a car will make a turn or where the cars and buses are going to and whether you need to wait or whether you can cross the street even you have a red light. […]

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