Winter Wonder

March 19, 2007 - by Diana

Beijing in March, no longer are we chilled to the bone nor is it mandatory to put on piles and piles of clothing. On a good day, it is even possible to ditch the long heavy coat and slip on a pair of sunglasses. Not to mention the fact that it is no longer dark as soon as 6pm rolls around continue to remind me that spring is just around the corner.

Having grown up in a place where although cold and wet, winter at its best was around 9 degree Celsius. I have never had to wear a duck down coat, nor have I ever seen snow. Some people ever went so far as to say I have never experienced the real beauty of winter. And I think I would have to agree. This is my second winter in Beijing and I still love it. Sure, there were times where I was disgruntled with the freezing weather and gusty winds, but there was also the Great Wall capped with snow that runs for miles and miles, frozen Houhai lake where the nimble (or the not so nimble) enjoyed ice-skating and the undaunted swam in its water. There were also the trips to Harbin in appreciation and awe of its famous snow sculptures and light show at night as well as the steaming hot pot dinners that were fattening, yet delicious.

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I cannot wait for spring to come and at the same time I look forward to another great winter here in China.



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