Posted by: asianshock | July 26, 2011

July 26 Day 31

Today we didn’t have to go in for work so we decided to go down to the Beijing South Train station and check the prices of tickets to Tai Shan, a holy mountain in China (we found out later that we could of saved the 2 hour trip by just going on campus and asking). The cheap 80 yuan ones are already sold out for this weekend which is when we wanted to go and all that is left is the high speed rail ones for 145 yuan. We decided that despite the recent accidents, we might as well take it. We are going to the ticket office on campus tomorrow to buy it.
After we went to the Train Station, we took a taxi to the 798 Art District.

There are little shops scattered around the district. It used to be an old complex where textiles were made. Some are still in operation to this day. Out of all the sculptures we saw, I think the best one was this:

A bull jet propelling itself and ramming a man into a wall. Now thats creative.

But the highlight of the day would be at night. A thunderstorm began around 10 pm. The frequency of flashes of lightning in the sky were so fast that it looked like a strobe light in the sky. Then the rain came about 30 minutes later.
I decided that this opportunity was too good to pass up, so I grabbed two other guys on my floor, Ian and Brandon, and headed out in our shorts. It was hands down one of the most exhilarating times of my life. We ran around the entire complex, and waved at passing people hugging their umbrellas. At one point in our run, the wind became so strong that safety cones began flying toward us like missiles. It will definately be an experience I will never forget.

-V

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