Day 6 in Beijing: Rain

Flooding intersection near work

Flooding intersection near work. One either walks in the water or in the street.

 

Notice the different reds and the KFC in the upper right corner.

Notice the different reds and the KFC in the upper right corner.

This morning was a bit muggy and humid.  Not much compared to Beijing standards but to me it felt that way.  On the way home it was a different story.  The weather was, as one of the receptionists at work said, “Severe rain.”  She was right.  The streets here are pretty flat and the runoff doesn’t really runoff.  The crosswalks get totally overwhelmed and you have to either walk in the street or walk through about 4 inches of standing water.  Since I’m wearing pretty nice clothes for work I do my best to walk in the street and not get hit by passing cars.  So far so good.

I tend to love thunderstorms and this was a wonderful one.  It had rain, hail, thunder and lightening.  I was smiling the whole way even though I was getting drenched.  By the time I got home, after a 15 minute walk, my pants were soaked up to the knees.  Maybe next time I’ll take a picture of them to give an idea of how strong the rain comes down in Beijing.  And it doesn’t stay mainly in the plains here either.

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