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We waited for many hours for this to happen.

We were driven to the Ring Road about 6 hours before.

There were people like us gathering early to get a good viewing spot.

The locals were super friendly and wanting to engage us (language difficulties aside).

There were barriers up, all sorts of guards and minders keeping us all in the spots allocated for viewing.

There were no toilets, no food vendors, no drinks.

It was all very un-Asian!!!

 

Then, the time was there, the opening ceremony was being held and the bucket load of buses carrying the hordes of performers came and went.

 

We waited.....

 

The Fireworks started and went on for about 20-30 minutes.

 

They were dull and ordinary compared to a Hing Kong, Sydney or even a Perth event. I've seen better displays at a fair in Thailand.

 

On TV, however, the Chinese had faked fireworks all over Beijing making it look very impressive. No one in the office believed me when I said that none of the official TV fireworks was real. They said, "How do you know that"?

 

Of course, I was there.

 

It put me off waiting for fireworks for a long time.... I am still leery. 

 

haha

 

Anyways, that's the story!!

 

We went down to "The Den", our favourite Beijing Bar to watch events and have good food, good company and a few Cigars, inside.. haha. Different world!!!

 

 

Dissapointment

We waited for many hours for this to happen.

We were driven to the Ring Road about 6 hours before.

There were people like us gathering early to get a good viewing spot.

The locals were super friendly and wanting to engage us (language difficulties aside).

There were barriers up, all sorts of guards and minders keeping us all in the spots allocated for viewing.

There were no toilets, no food vendors, no drinks.

It was all very un-Asian!!!

 

Then, the time was there, the opening ceremony was being held and the bucket load of buses carrying the hordes of performers came and went.

 

We waited.....

 

The Fireworks started and went on for about 20-30 minutes.

 

They were dull and ordinary compared to a Hing Kong, Sydney or even a Perth event. I've seen better displays at a fair in Thailand.

 

On TV, however, the Chinese had faked fireworks all over Beijing making it look very impressive. No one in the office believed me when I said that none of the official TV fireworks was real. They said, "How do you know that"?

 

Of course, I was there.

 

It put me off waiting for fireworks for a long time.... I am still leery. 

 

haha

 

Anyways, that's the story!!

 

We went down to "The Den", our favourite Beijing Bar to watch events and have good food, good company and a few Cigars, inside.. haha. Different world!!!

 

 

comments (12)

No toilets! How about bushes?
Rob Martin: In Urban downtown Beijing? With about 300,000 people hanging around on this stretch of the 5th Ring Road?
Whoa, a big reveal there Rob! You got this good shot though. Nothing fake at the London Olympics ( Except the queen jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond smile )
Rob Martin: He He , thanks, Frank.
Fascinating, Rob.... I feel that's how everything in American politics is right now. You can't trust this administration. The president will hold up your cell phone and say "I don't have your cell phone" and DARE you to challenge him... I hate it.
Rob Martin: From the outside, it's always been amusing. I know it isn't while you're in it. Politics in Australia is equally bizarre with a New Prime Minister every other week.
Que c'est beau ! Très jolie photo.
Rob Martin: Merci, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2018, 06:49
Well at least you got a decent picture out of the experience Rob
Rob Martin: Go a couple of keepers smile
very very nice pictures of night ,friendship
Rob Martin: cheers, Merci
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Dec 2018, 07:56
Well I never Rob, then I shan’t bother going there to watch fireworks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2018, 08:03
How do the Chinese manage without toilets in their public places, Rob?
Rob Martin: There are some public Toilets, but they are, to say the least, disgusting. We use Hotels and Malls if possible. Always need to know where relief can be found. It's a 101 trick to travelling in Asia smile
My daughter Helen had a poster on her wall years ago which said. Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2018, 14:15
What a story you wrote. However you got a great picture here, Rob.
I believe your story.Made me think of the Amer. Trump and HIS fake news.

My best fireworks ever were from a blanket on the lawns of the Gov. General's residence in Sydney. They had bars set up! Five sets went off simultaneously over the entire, huge city.
i'm sorry about your long wait for a boring fireworks Rod...

but at least you finished off the night in a good pub....petersmile

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