We are back home, safe and sound. We had a fun time in Beijing, but we did get to witness some record breaking dust storms.
Here is the official report:
April 17. INTERFAX-CHINA - The sky over Beijing was turned a grayish orange after being hit by the worst sandstorm in three years, according to the China Meteorological Agency. Strong winds blew sand from Inner Mongolia and blanketed the city, with an area of 16,808 sq kilometers, under as much as 300,000 tons of sand, according to China Economic Net (Zhongguo Jingji Wang). In addition to the sand, city environmental officials reported air pollution reached hazardous levels, setting the city further behind in reaching its clean air goal for the year. Since the beginning of the year, there have been a total of 53 days with pollution levels within acceptable levels, 16 fewer than the same time last year. Only five days in April have met air quality standards.
Undaunted by flying sand, cold, and crazy wind, we still had a fun time visiting parks, markets, and old friends. We even went to Xi'an to see the terra cotta warriors. I have lots of pictures to share but right now I am tired so this one will have to tide you over until my energy returns.
That was just one of many strangers in China who just had to get their picture with the beautiful blonde haired American baby. I think the little old "Yeye" (grandfather in Chinese) is pretty cute himself!