There are more than 67,000 taxicabs in Beijing, and just about all of them are Hyundai Elantras. It's like some Beijing government official called up a Hyundai plant one day and said, “You know what? Put me down for about 65,000 of them.”
A lot of the taxis are stick shifts, too. The rides are cheap – usually ranging from $1.50 to $6. The drivers often expect you to sit up front beside them, too, where you can at least use hand signals to get around the language barriers.
Getting ice in a drink in China is about as hard as getting a perfect glass of sweet tea in Manhattan.
It was raining hard here in Beijing the other day. I was coming out of the Greco-Roman wrestling venue without an umbrella. Two volunteers came running toward me, one carrying a regulation-sized umbrella and one carrying what looked like a beach umbrella. I picked the guy with the beach umbrella. It was another example of how hard the Chinese people are trying to do right by the foreigners here.
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The Bird's Nest is truly a spectacular stadium for track and field. Most of the fans' seats are covered, much like Texas Stadium. With 91,000 seats, it feels like an NFL stadium on steroids No, better not say that, given the word's stigma in track. It feels like an extremely large NFL stadium.